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Frequently Asked Questions


Supportive Solutions Q&A

Therapy is a great way to improve your mental health. Understanding how it works can help you feel more comfortable when you go.

There are many different types of therapy, and every therapist is different. That said, there are a few things you can generally expect.

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How does therapy work? What can I expect?

Therapy is a collaborative process where you work with a trained professional to address emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges. During therapy sessions, you’ll explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, gain insights, learn coping strategies, and develop healthier ways of managing life’s difficulties. The therapist provides guidance, support, and a safe space for self-reflection and growth.

What can I expect from my first therapy session?

Your first therapy session may feel a bit daunting, but it is also an opportunity to get to know your therapist and share your concerns. You can expect to answer some questions about your background and current situation, and discuss your goals for therapy. Your therapist will listen to you with empathy and respect, and help you create a plan for your treatment. You may also learn some coping skills or strategies to deal with your challenges. Remember that therapy is a collaborative process, and you have the right to ask questions, give feedback, and express your preferences at any time.

What is the parking situation? What is the office like?

Both office sites offer ample free parking for cars. The Cheshire location is conveniently situated above a coffee shop, allowing you to grab a cup before your sessions. Each office is designed to be comfortable and cozy, fostering a relaxing atmosphere. Additionally, they prioritize safety and confidentiality, with noise machines in place to safeguard private conversations.

How long will I be in therapy?

The duration of therapy varies significantly based on several factors. Short-term therapy can yield results in as few as 12-16 sessions, while more complex situations may necessitate lengthier treatment spanning 12-18 months. Ultimately, the right length of therapy depends on individual needs, the type of therapy, and personal preferences. Commitment to therapy and consistent attendance are crucial for achieving positive outcomes. Remember, it’s about finding what works best for you and your healing journey.

When will I begin to see progress?

Seeing progress in therapy is a personal experience, and it can vary from person to person. While instant results are unlikely, you should notice some level of improvement after about three sessions. Sometimes, you’ll gain tangible skills right away, while other times, insights may emerge gradually over several sessions. Remember that therapy involves goal-setting, problem-solving, and shifting patterns of thought and behavior. If you feel you’re not making progress, it’s essential to communicate with your therapist and explore adjustments to your treatment plan. Patience and consistency are key as you embark on your healing journey.

What can I do alongside therapy?

There are many things you can do alongside therapy to support your mental health and well-being. Some examples are:

- Practicing self-care activities, such as getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and doing things that make you happy.

- Seeking social support from friends, family, or other people who understand what you are going through.

- Learning coping skills, such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness, positive affirmations, or journaling.

- Setting realistic and achievable goals, and celebrating your progress and achievements.

- Challenging negative thoughts and beliefs, and replacing them with more balanced and helpful ones.


These are just some suggestions, and you may find other things that work better for you. The important thing is to be kind to yourself and to keep trying. Remember that therapy is not a quick fix, but a process that takes time and effort. You are not alone, and you can do this.

Can I contact my therapist between sessions?

Staying connected with your therapist between sessions can be beneficial. It’s like having a trusty sidekick on your journey. Here’s how:

Scheduled Check-Ins: Some therapists offer brief phone calls or check-ins during the week. It’s like a mental health pit stop- quick, but impactful.
Email: Many therapists allow communication via email. You can share updates, ask questions, or express concerns.
Emergency Situations: If you’re in crisis, don’t hesitate! Reach out to your therapist or a crisis hotline immediately. They’re there to support you.

Remember, boundaries matter too. Discuss communication expectations with your therapist upfront.

Can therapy help with specific issues?

Therapy can help with specific issues by providing a safe and supportive space for people to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It can also help people learn new skills, cope with stress, and change unhealthy patterns. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather a personalized process that depends on the individual's needs, goals and preferences. Some common issues that therapy can help with are anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, self-esteem, grief and more.

What if my therapist and I don't mesh well?

This can be frustrating and counterproductive. You might feel like you are wasting your time and money, or that you are not being heard or understood. There are some possible reasons why you and your therapist might not click, such as different personalities, values, expectations, or approaches. However, this does not mean that you have to give up on therapy altogether. You can try to communicate your concerns with your therapist and see if you can work things out. You can also ask for a referral to another therapist who might be a better fit for you. Therapy is a personal and collaborative process, and finding the right therapist can make a big difference in your well-being.

How much will therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on several factors, the actual cost to you depends on whether you have health insurance coverage. Many insurance plans provide coverage for mental health care. If a therapist is in-network with your insurance, you'll pay a portion of the fee as a co-pay. Some therapists may not be part of your insurance network. Many health insurance plans provide coverage for mental health care. If a therapist is in-network with your insurance, you’ll pay a portion of the fee as a co-pay.


Out-of-Network Care: Some therapists may not be part of your insurance network. In such cases, you might need to pay the full fee “out of pocket.”

Sliding Scale Fee: Some therapy practices offer a sliding-scale fee, which adjusts based on your income. This allows individuals concerned about therapy costs to access more affordable treatment.

Since everyone’s insurance plans and benefits differ, it’s crucial to verify your specific coverage. Before starting therapy, the therapist will discuss your insurance details, including any out-of-pocket costs you might incur. By understanding your benefits upfront, you can make informed decisions about your therapy journey.

What type of therapy is best for me?

There is no definitive answer to the question of what type of therapy is best for you. Different types of therapy may suit different people, depending on their personality, preferences, goals, and issues. Some common types of therapy are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviors; psychodynamic therapy, which explores unconscious conflicts and childhood experiences; humanistic therapy, which emphasizes personal growth and self-acceptance; and interpersonal therapy, which helps improve relationships and communication skills. The best way to find out what type of therapy works for you is to try a few sessions with a therapist who specializes in the approach that interests you, and see how you feel. You can also ask your therapist for feedback and suggestions on what type of therapy might be most beneficial for you.

How confidential are my sessions?

Your therapy sessions are confidential and protected by law. This means that your therapist cannot share any information about you or what you discuss in your sessions without your consent, unless there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others. You can trust your therapist to keep your conversations private and respect your boundaries. Your therapy sessions are a safe space for you to explore your feelings and thoughts without judgment or fear.

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