A.O.B FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To help determine if The Art of Becoming is the place for you and your family to start your counseling journey, we have provided answers to commonly asked questions. If you have not found the answer you are looking for, call us at (347) 346-9987.
Q: How do I know if I need therapy or counseling?
A: Counseling is short-term treatment that is a practical approach to achieving personal and professional goals. Psychotherapy is longer-term, deeper treatment that gets to the underlying issues that create problems and interfere with satisfaction. People seek individual treatment for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. Couples may seek Couples Counseling to address relationship difficulties and/or pre-marital counseling. People experiencing chaotic or isolated home lives, ongoing conflicts with family members, and/or desire more cohesive relationships with relatives may benefit from Family Therapy.
Q: What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
A: It is well established 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 our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Q: What is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?
A: Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. MFTs focus on understanding their client's symptoms and interactional patterns within their existing environment and treat their clients from a relationship perspective. MFTs have a minimum of a Master's Degree plus two years of post-graduate supervised clinical experience. Visit www.aamft.org for more information.
Q: Do I have to be married to go to a Family Therapist?
A: No. Individuals often seek marriage and family therapy for help with behavioral problems, relationship issues, or mental and emotional disorders. Family Therapists provide the same services as other mental health professionals, with a different orientation.
Q: Do you provide Individual Counseling?
A: Yes! Sometimes called "psychotherapy" or "counseling" individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Q: What is Couples Counseling?
A: Couples counseling is a process through which a couple (who may be engaged, dating, married, or partnered) works with a trained therapist to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of their relationship they would like to change, and then develops a plan of action to improve each individual's satisfaction and contentment. Working with a therapist in a safe and confidential setting, couples are able to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their relationship in both positive and negative ways. The therapist may assist the couple with addressing any immediate and pressing problems, as well as developing strategies for protecting and enhancing the long-term health and happiness of their relationship.
Q: What is Family Therapy?
A: Family therapy is designed for families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. Families may be in crisis, experiencing transitional issues, increased interpersonal conflict, or simply desire a more pleasant home environment. Family Therapy tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. MFT's have in common a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
Q: Who should I bring to therapy?
A: Clients seeking individual therapy will be seen one-on-one with the Therapist. For Couples Counseling, it is recommended that both individuals attend their sessions together. Clients seeking Family Therapy are asked to bring all members of the family unit residing in their household and/or with whom they are experiencing relational conflict.
Q: How often should I (we) attend therapy?
A: Therapy sessions are 45 minutes each and occur on a weekly basis. Additional or fewer sessions are determined based on client needs & in consultation with your therapist. A client(s) and therapist may work together for as few as five (5) sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client's unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Q: Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
A: Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm
Q: what happens when I call for services?
A: If the practice is accepting new clients, a discussion of what counseling needs are will be conducted by the office manager. Once it is determined that The Art of Becoming counseling services are suited to meet the treatment needs of the client, a (no cost) 15-minute phone consultation with the assigned clinician takes place along with scheduling.
Q: Do you offer refunds?
A: There are no refunds for services provided.
Q: What are the fees?
A: Individual Counseling $75.00 per 45-min session
Couples Counseling $100.00 per 60-min session
Family Counseling $125.00 per 60-min session
Group Counseling TBD
Workshop & Presentation fees are based on client needs & will be quoted upon request.
Q: Do you accept health insurance for payment?
A: Yes- we currently accept the following Healthcare Plans:
*Please note some insurance plans require its members to meet the deductible before they will cover the visit. Please check with your insurance provider for details.
**If your policy includes out-of-network mental health benefits, we make the reimbursement process as seamless as possible by providing all the necessary paperwork, including receipts and diagnosis codes, in a timely fashion. It is helpful to call individual insurance providers to determine level of coverage prior to your initial session. Here are the questions to ask:
1) Does my policy include out-of-network coverage for mental health services?
2) Does my policy have any deductibles or co-pays? If so, what are they?
3) Will services provided by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist be reimbursed by my policy?
**If your insurance does not provide out of network coverage & you are experiencing financial difficulties, please call us at
(347) 346-9987 to determine if you qualify for a reduced fee.
Q: What method of payment do you accept?
A: Payments are accepted as cash, credit card, or money order made payable to: The Art of Becoming, Inc.
Payment is collected at the beginning of each session.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Please cancel within 24 hours of appointment time. Any appointments not canceled within 24 hours, will be charged the full session fee.
Q: How do I (we) get started?
A: You can get started with The Art of Becoming today by
1) Calling (347) 346-9987 to confidentially discuss your options for counseling or therapy
2) Emailing request to firstname.lastname@example.org