Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. During sessions, you will be helped to identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Working with a mental health professional is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. At POSS, we tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to him or her and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, sessions are usually once a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to have sessions , one of our team members would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, we could arrange for individual sessions. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we are in network with various insurance companies, for ABA services. Please contact us for our most updated list.
Will my insurance cover ABA services?
All plans are different. We offer insurance verification to inquire if ABA is covered under your plan.
If ABA is covered under my plan, will I have any fees?
All plans are different, but usually families have a deductible, copayment and/or coinsurance. This is determined by your individual plan.
How often will I receive a treatment update?
Families are debriefed after every session. Your child’s behavioral therapist will inform you on how your child is progressing towards goals, new and mastered programs, and general behavior. You will receive an updated report every 6 months, which will also include your child’s progress.
What skills do you work on?
We work on a variety of skills such as:
- Cognitive Skills
- Play and Social Skills
- Adaptive Skills
- Toilet Training
- School Readiness/Pre-academic Skills
- Attending and Social Referencing