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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
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, counseling 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, and 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 can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
First, we applaud you for taking the first step in being curious about this “thing” called therapy works. Some common terms people use interchangeably include psychotherapy, talk therapy, counseling, support, help, treatment. There are many types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Typically, people are referred to our practice by word of mouth, an insurance provider, primary care physician, or a seminar or training where we have been highlighted. Once you call our office, you can request a 15 -minute consultation to ensure we are the best fit for each other. We are pretty unique and we won’t be the best match for everyone. If we decide to work together, we will proceed with your intake and review payment options. If we discover we are not the best match, we will do our best to help with a referral to other providers or resources.
Once therapy has begun, we typically use the first three sessions to establish a working relationship, build goals and plan for a successful graduation from therapy after you and your treating therapist have determined you are ready. Yes! You do graduate from therapy. It is not designed for a lifetime; although we encourage booster sessions as you need them. Life will happen and we are here to reinforce those skills you learned to prevent relapse.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling 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 counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
Do you accept insurance? How much is your rate?
At Clack Associates, we accept Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Horizon NJ Direct, Amerihealth and Amerihealth Administrators, Tricare. If you are not certain whether we accept your plan, please refer to this additional guide attached here Determining the Amount Your Health Insurer Requires You to Cover for more information.
Please note we are NOT Medicaid (NJ Health) nor Medicare providers.
As a self-pay person, you will be provided with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) based on the cost of services. Please refer to the link below for a comprehensive explanation.