Therapy will look different for every individual, as the sessions are designed to cater to an individual’s specific needs. During sessions, it is common for the therapist and client to identify the primary areas of concerns and form goals in relation to improving these circumstances. Sessions will range in length of time and frequency, depending on individual needs of the client, though the most common length and frequency is forty-five to six minutes once weekly. For some individuals, therapy will be a short-term process, which focuses on a specific issue, or longer-term, where more complex issues are worked through.
In between sessions, it is common for the therapist to have the client engage in some form of homework activities, such as reading a relevant book, keeping a journal of behavioral patterns, or practicing specific coping skills. The goal of assigning homework is to allow the client to continue processing and integrating materials from the session into their everyday life. Individuals will find more success in improving their situations by remaining an active and engaged participant both during and between sessions. People engaging in psychotherapy will find themselves being able to navigate the demands of life with a greater ability to pause, think and reframe negative thoughts, which in turn promotes accountability and greater awareness.
Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
There are many benefits to beginning psychotherapy. The value of seeing a therapist is that they can offer an objective view of your circumstances without personal stakes involved. A therapist can help you understand and process the link between thoughts, feelings, and actions with an unbiased perspective. Through support and guidance, your therapist will help you learn to problem solve, enhance your ability to cope with stressors and create a safe and confidential environment for you to feel connected.
Therapists are trained in helping individuals overcome various mental health afflictions including, trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, among other diagnosis. Furthermore, your therapist can help you work through many life stressors including but not limited to relationship difficulties, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and body image issues. With a client-centered, humanistic approach, therapists can provide an impartial point of view on difficult problems and support your journey to discovering solutions. What you obtain from therapy will depend on your participation and activeness in practicing what you learn. However, with practice, therapy can help significantly improve your life. Potential benefits include:
Puglisi Counseling, LLC currently accepts most major insurance plans. However, it is highly recommended that you contact your insurance provider to determine if you have mental health coverage. When checking your coverage, it is important to get answers to the following questions:
Confidentiality is a strong foundation of psychotherapy treatment. Communication between a client and therapist is considered confidential and protected by law in the State of Pennsylvania with few exceptions that the client should be aware of. For medical records or treatment information to be provided to any entity or individual, written consent under the guidelines of HIPAA will need to be obtained except for the following: