Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, relationship concerns, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, which are 45 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
What can I expect during the first session?
Evolving Counseling will create a safe, therapeutic and confidential environment while gathering information about your presenting issue or reasons for seeking therapy. We will also gather information about your history (family, relationship, psychological, career, etc.) and your current lifestyle (schedule, stressors, support network, etc,). We will explain the process of therapy and may discuss some initial goals and objectives. You are encouraged to ask any questions you might have about therapy and to share your story, objectives and concerns. We may discuss frequency of visits (which is usually once a week at the start of therapy), and you will schedule your next visit if you and your clinician agree it is a fit to work together. There is some basic paperwork that you will complete pertaining to your contact information, confidentiality, etc. Sessions are 50 minutes long and you do not need to bring anything other than yourself.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
What is the cost of counseling/therapy?
We are in-network with Optum, United Health Care, Oscar Health, and Oxford. We also offer cash pay and sliding fee scale. Payment options include cash, credit card, or Personal checks are accepted only under certain situations that have been discussed in advance. Other payment options, such as sliding fee scale arrangements based upon your income, should be discussed prior to your first appointment.
How frequent are visits?
Typically, sessions occur once per week. We may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of visits depending on progress and need.
What if I need medications?
If we agree that medication management might be helpful to you, Evolving Counseling will provide a referral to a psychiatrist or agreed upon physician. Evolving Counseling collaboates with Tampa Bay Psychiatry to help clients reach goals in treatment.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of treatment depends on the presenting issue and the goals of treatment. Brief treatment might be as short as three to five sessions while longer term therapy might last as long as a few years. We will collaborate together to determine the length of treatment that is clinically appropriate and feels comfortable for the client.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule.