FAQ

Counseling

THERAPY AND LIFE COACHING

Q: How do I know when it is time to see a therapist?

The fact that you are reading this page means that you probably feel like there are aspects of your life that you could be happier with.  Here are three questions for you to contemplate: Are you able to love and be loved in the ways you desire? Are you able to dream or set goals and pursue your dreams and goals? Do you know your self worth? Most problems that people bring to therapy are related to one or more of these questions. If you reply “no” on any of these questions, you could probably benefit from therapy.

Additionally, here are some other questions that can help you when considering if therapy is right for you: Is there a persistent problem, condition, and way of feeling that has been bothering you for a while? Is there something that you want to change about yourself or your life? Are you tired of having the same conversation about something over and over in your head or with your friends, yet nothing seems to change? Does the issue feel too big to tackle by yourself? Are you tired of feeling the way you have been feeling? Are you finally ready to do something about it? Has that quiet, intuitive little voice inside of you been nudging you to get some outside, professional help with something…. and it keeps nudging in spite of your attempts to ignore it? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions…. it’s time.

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Q: Why do I need a therapist? Why can’t I just talk to a friend or a family member?

A friend or family member is not professionally trained to help you grow, heal and change. It’s likely that your friends and family have been giving you their best advice for some time now, and if it were sufficient, you probably wouldn’t be reading this. But here is why your friend’s advice is different from a therapist. Your friends want to maintain your friendship so they will probably tell you what they want to hear. Also, they will give advice that is based on their life’s experience. A trained therapist is interested in helping you find your own answers by helping you connect with what is true and right for you.

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Q: What are the benefits of therapy?

Ultimately, you can feel better about yourself and your life by learning how to connect to yourself and others in a positive and healthy way.

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Q: What if I am unsure about starting treatment?

Schedule an appointment to determine if our services would be of help to you. After discussing your questions with a therapist you may then decide whether or not to continue.

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Q: How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?

You really need to meet face-to-face to get a good idea of whether a specific therapist is right for you.  At the first meeting you should keep these questions in mind:

  • How easy is it to talk to her/him?
  • Does she/he seem like somebody I could trust?
  • Is she/he really listening to me?
  • Does she/he seem to know what she/he is doing?
  • Does she/he seem confident and competent?
  • Do I feel comfortable with her/him?
  • Could I ever show this person the deepest, ugliest parts of myself?
  • Does she/he seem to have the capacity to handle me
  • Mostly, “Do I like her/him?”

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Q: What if I do not feel comfortable or do not like the therapist?

You may request a new therapist. We want to make sure you are comfortable with the therapist.

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Q: How long will I have to wait for a therapist to be assigned?

Therapists are usually assigned within a week of your first conversation with Revive.

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Q: How long does therapy last?

There are so many factors to consider, that attempting to give an answer, or even a range, is impossible.   The answer is dependent on the client’s goals, reason for therapy, life events that happen while in therapy, etc.  It’s important to view therapy as an investment in yourself and your future, as long as you continue to benefit from attending therapy sessions, then you should continue to attend therapy.

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Q: How do I prepare for my first session?

Show up with the intention to be as open and honest about yourself as you can be. Your therapist will want to learn about what is bringing you to therapy at this time in your life.

By the end of the first session you and your therapist will have had a chance to get to know each other, and will have the opportunity to discuss the possibility of working together. Research has shown that the success of therapy is determined more by the quality of the relationship, rather than the orientation of the therapist. If the fit doesn’t feel good to you, then you owe it to yourself to continue your search for a therapist. Sometimes, your therapist may not believe that they will be the most advantageous professional for you to work with.  If this is the case, they will make recommendations and coordinate referrals to a professional that they feel is better suited to help you. If you both believe the fit is good, then the therapist will proceed with scheduling a future appointment.

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Q: How long are the sessions?

They are usually 45-50 minutes long.

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Q: What is the difference between Therapy and Life Coaching?

Life coaches provide the drive and guidance their clients need to improve their careers, relationships, and lives.  They support their clients through goal setting, accountability, and motivation.

In therapy, the focus is typically on learning about yourself, your mood/feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.  Therapy can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, support you through challenging situations and relationships, and help you achieve healthy coping skills.

For more information please visit our Therapy and Life Coaching pages.

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Q: How confidential is therapy? Can anything I say be made public or used against me in the future?

By law, therapists are required to protect your confidentiality, and a breach of this responsibility can lead to a therapist loosing their license.  The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse, a threat to harm another person or if you are in danger of self harm. If you want to use a third party payer to pay for therapy it will be necessary to provide the information required by your insurance company which will likely include a diagnosis.  Your therapist will discuss with you exactly what information will be confidential and when information will need to be shared.

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Q: Can you prescribe me any medication?

Psychotherapists can not prescribe medication.  If your therapist believes you will benefit from medication they will refer you to an appropriate doctor.

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NUTRITION AND FITNESS

 

COST, PAYMENT, AND INSURANCE

Q: How much does therapy cost?

Our team of wellness professionals is diverse in both specialties and experience, resulting in a range of rates.  Please contact us for therapist specific rates.

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Q: Do you take my insurance?

Some, but not all, of our therapists are members of insurance panels.  You can contact us to check if we have a therapist available that takes your insurance or you can retrieve a list from your insurance provider of therapists that accept your insurance, and compare it against our Wellness Professionals page.  Please inform us during your initial call if you plan to use insurance.  If you plan on using insurance with out-of-network benefits Revive will handle the insurance claim submissions for you.

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GENERAL

Q: How do I get started?

Call or email to schedule a consultation.  Basic information will be collect during the call, which we will used to determine if we have a therapist available that would be a good fit for you.  After scheduling a consultation, print and complete the intake and payment forms from our Forms page, and bring these forms with you to your first session.

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Q: What if I am in a crisis or there is an emergency?

You should call the nearest hospital or emergency services number, or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

Connecticut’s Mental Health Emergency and Support number is: 2-1-1

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Q: What if I have more questions?

Call us at (203) 693-4917 or email us at Info@ReviveCenterForWellness.com

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