How long does therapy last?
Therapy is an individualized process, based on the unique needs and experiences of each person. Often times most people experience that they begin to feel worse before they begin to feel better. This is usually because they are able to see their pain clearly for the first time. Only then can we truly understand the scope of what they're wanting to work on. We believe that the client sets the pace for therapy and core issues should only be worked on when the time is right.
It is most common that new patients will meet weekly for therapy the first month, and depending on the severity of symptoms, may be able to move to biweekly sessions afterwards. Due to the intensity of our clinical model of practice, it is the conservative goal to step individuals down to biweekly sessions within three months, and monthly within six months of treatment. Because we customize our clinical interventions to meet the unique needs of each client, everyone’s process will look different.
What diagnoses do you treat?
We believe that underlying most diagnoses is a pathogenic memory network that needs to be stored appropriately in the brain. Common diagnoses that are rooted in a pathogenic memory network, or some might call this trauma, are depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, alcoholism, drug addiction, phobias, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and many others. Symptoms may include feeling anxious, being compelled to make everything perfect, a string of unhealthy relationships, being unmotivated, difficulty making a decision, always being the victim, constant worrying, crying spells for "no reason", emotional reactivity, feeling like a failure, having a negative attitude despite good things in your life, self sabotage, and even self-harm.
Do you take insurance?
We do not participate with insurance agencies, as they do not cover intensive therapy sessions, coaching, or monitoring. Some insurance plans will cover the cost of an out of network provider for therapy. You can call your member services line on the back of your insurance card to see if your plan covers services with out of network providers, as well as what percentage of the agreeable fee they will reimburse.
We utilize an income-based fee schedule for all of our services as a way to increase accessibility to all walks of life. Our time spent with you is only a small part of our dedication to your care. In addition to daily tasks, we engage in ongoing professional development that allows us to provide the most sound, evidence-based care. Furthermore, we also volunteer our time to provide trainings and other services within our community.
What's the difference between coaching and therapy?
In coaching, we work with the whole family to challenge behaviors that contribute to the maintenance of the presenting problem. Historically, this has been called "co-dependence", but it's more accurately described by the term "collusion". Each member within a family system has in some way responded through action or inaction to protect themselves from the pain of addiction. In a non-shaming and non-judgmental approach, new behaviors are learned that help to support recovery for the whole family. Often times, coaching is more effective when coupled with therapy, involvement in a larger healing community, or other therapeutic interventions, which are all recommendations a coach might make.
Therapy, on the other hands, aims to dig deeper. When new behaviors are unable to be readily adopted, therapy can be used to explore how an individual has gotten stuck and begin the process of becoming unstuck. A therapist has more intensive training that equips them to treat trauma and more significant underlying conditions. A relationship with a therapist is a bit more long term than that with a coach, due to the nature of the core issues that define the treatment goals.
What is included in the Recovery Monitoring Program?
Participants enrolled in the Recovery Monitoring Program work one to one with a case manager to customize screening panels based on the history of substances used. The case manager schedules all screens and makes results available in real time in the participant's client portal (available in an app or on the desktop). A point of contact is designated to receive notifications for any positive results, allowing families to breathe easily knowing their loved one's accountability is supported without the stress of having to do it themselves. The case manager is available for check-ins as needed, however this does not replace the role or value of coaching services.