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Common Questions





Is therapy right for me?

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 Psychologist 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, 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.


Do I really need therapy?  Shouldn't I be able to handle my problems?


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully handled other difficulties you've faced, it can be a huge relief to have some extra support at times. In fact, the people that come for therapy with me tend to people who have enough self-awareness to realize they could benefit from a helping hand. The are people who take responsibility for themselves and are willing to work at making things better and to learn new things. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to solve problems, change patterns that aren't working for you, and overcome whatever challenges you face.


How can therapy help me?


Psychotherapy provides several benefits. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and stress management. Many people also find that Psychologists can really help you with your own personal growth, relationships, families, and the challenges of life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Some of the benefits from therapy include:

  • A better understanding of yourself.
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that you're currently facing.
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence


Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established by research and practice that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of the problem and teaches you ways to truly change it. 


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?


I am happy to discuss insurance with you. There are many things to consider in whether and how to use your insurance for psychotherapy.  Some issues are covered, some are not.  Please feel free to ask.
 

Is therapy confidential?

Absolutely.  All communications between a client and Psychologist are confidential. Exceptions occur only when there are questions of child abuse or threat to harm self or others.  

Finally - How do you pronounce your last name?  
It's pronounced AYsner, not Eisner.  

 

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