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A: Professional therapists work with individuals, families, groups and couples. Therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and participant. Professional therapists help participants identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. Through therapy, you examine the behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are causing difficulties in your life. You learn effective ways to deal with your problems by building upon personal strengths. A professional therapist will encourage your personal growth and development in ways that foster your interest and welfare.
A: For therapy to be fruitful, you and your therapist must establish trust. It may take a few sessions for your therapist to get to know you before moving into actual therapy. In the early stages, you can expect your therapist to ask many questions. Your therapist will work with you to define the presenting problem you’re seeking help with, discuss your goals for therapy and determine next steps. Because therapy is dynamic and interactive, you should feel free to ask questions to help you connect with your therapist as you progress through the therapy experience together.
Fees and payments
A: The cost of therapy can vary greatly depending on your geographic location and whether therapy is being provided by a community mental health center or similar agency or by a therapist in private practice. In general, the average paid fee for individual therapy sessions is about $85. Fees for group therapy are generally lower, about $70 per group session. For participants with health insurance that does not cover mental health care and others who cannot afford the therapist’s standard fee, some therapists will lower their fee on a sliding scale basis or will work out a payment plan. Your therapist should explain to you, prior to beginning the therapy relationship, all financial arrangements related to professional services.