Questions and Answers

Why therapy? I can usually handle problems by myself

You certainly have inner resources and may truly be able to deal with your problems by yourself. Nevertheless, sometimes getting expert help is needed and can make all the difference. Many individuals benefit from the wisdom and the caring support of a professional therapist. Research consistently shows that people who receive psychotherapy generally report fewer negative emotional symptoms and a higher overall quality of life. In fact, they continue to grow and blossom even after therapy ends. Therapy can help you understand the issues that underlie your problems and empower you to make decisions in your life that bring about healing, growth and positive change.

How long does treatment last and how often should I come in for therapy?

In today’s fast-paced world, time often seems like it is in short supply, and if you are considering therapy, you probably want to know how long it will take before you see the change you desire. However, there is no simple answer. Therapy is a process that is unique to each person or couple, and the length of therapy depends on your specific needs, circumstances and the challenges you are presenting with. Some challenges can be treated effectively in a fairly short period of time (8-20 sessions), while other challenges may take longer. It can be difficult to predict exactly how long treatment will last. This is best discussed in our initial session.

In my practice, generally I start seeing people weekly to listen to their unique story, assess their specific needs and understand their situation and issues. I then engage with them in setting the goals for therapy and begin working together with them toward those goals. During these early assessment sessions, we will be able to determine together how often we should meet and approximately how long the process of therapy might take. Nevertheless, it is important you keep in mind that you can terminate therapy at any point.

Can you guarantee I will feel better after therapy?

We cannot guarantee that you will be happier after therapy. However, it is a known fact that people who attend counseling are more likely to feel better than those who try to deal with their problems alone. People generally get out of counseling what they put into it. Through my years of experience as a counselor, I have seen amazing transformation in many of my clients, especially those who stayed the course and were committed to the process of therapy. My entire focus in therapy is that you have peace of mind and heart and my promise to you is that I will do my best to help and support you on your path to a happier and healthier you. During the course of therapy, your feedback will be very much appreciated as I strive to constantly improve the quality of my work and offer the best service to you.

What are you fees and payment policy?

My rates for services will be discussed during the initial telephone consultation. Fees are paid at the time the service is rendered, unless otherwise arranged. Fees are charge on a 50-minute basis. Cash, personal checks, debit or credit are accepted methods of payment.

Will my insurance reimburse for my treatment?

It depends. I provide therapy on an out-of-network basis, which may be partially covered by some insurance companies, particularly if you have a PPO coverage plan. The best way to find out is to call your insurer and ask if you have coverage for “out-of-network outpatient mental health treatment.” If the answer is yes, ask what your annual deductible is, what reimbursement percentage they offer, and how many sessions per year they cover. Although I do not provide insurance billing, I am happy to give you a financial statement of your payments that you may submit with your claims.

It is noteworthy that you may be able to submit the costs of therapy for tax deductions. Your accountant or an IRS agent will be better qualified to advise you in this matter.

Are your services confidential?

In general, confidential communication between a client and counselor is protected by law and Renew Life Therapy goes to great length to insure that your personal information are kept private and confidential. And since I have opted out of participating to any insurance panel or managed-care organization, I am better able to protect your confidentiality. Nonetheless, there are some exceptions to your confidence, including the following: if you report to me that you have a plan to harm yourself or somebody else, or if there is a suspected abuse involving a minor, a dependent, or an elderly. In such situations, a counselor must break confidentiality and file a report for the safety of everyone involved.

I have more questions. What should I do?

I will be delighted to hear from you. Please call me at (626) 327-5711 if you have any more questions or contact me via email.

I’m ready to get help. How do I get started?

Feel free to contact me to request a free 15-minute telephone consultation or to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for reaching out! I am here to help!