FAQ


WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK THERAPY?
People choose to visit a therapist for many reasons. Some are facing an unexpected crisis, such as a divorce, a death in the family or a dramatic lifestyle change. Others want to explore their personal attitudes, emotions or childhood issues in an effort to launch positive changes in their lives. Still others are trying to conquer stress, anxiety or other problems that are preventing them from finding the happiness they desire.


WHAT CAN THERAPY DO FOR ME?
Therapy can help you to find solutions to problems that are holding you back in life. Through counseling, you can explore issues from your past and begin to set goals for your future. Therapy can help you to clear your mind so that you can realistically appraise your life and make positive changes. You also can learn effective problem-solving techniques, helpful communication methods and other valuable skills.


WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A THERAPY SESSION?
Therapy gives you an opportunity to speak to a caring professional about your concerns and to begin taking steps to resolve your problems. Counseling sessions are 45 minutes in length, and weekly visits typically are recommended. It is important for you to spend time between sessions working on the issues discussed each week.


DO YOU HOLD GROUP COUNSELING SESSIONS OR SUPPORT GROUPS?
No. Our practice focuses on individual counseling to provide you with the highest standard of care. Every person has different needs, a unique personality and a distinctive background. Through individualized sessions, licensed counselor Jamie Leonard is able to offer personal attention and guidance to enable her clients to meet their goals.


HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?
There is no set length of time for therapy. If the therapist is a good match for your personality and needs, you should expect steady progress during your time in counseling.


IS THERAPY CONFIDENTIAL?
The law protects the confidentiality of communication between clients and therapists with a few exceptions. If child or elder abuse is suspected, the therapist must report it to authorities. The therapist also is obligated to notify police if a client threatens bodily harm to another person. The counselor will also notify the authorities if a client threaten to harm themselves and their safety is at stake.


DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
All managed care plans involve direct clinical management by the plan’s case managers. If you access therapy through your managed care plan, it makes it necessary for the therapist to disclose your case details to your managed care provider. To safeguard client confidentiality, we have chosen not to accept insurance. However, a monthly statement with necessary documentation for requesting reimbursement for out-of-network benefits will be provided.