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FAQ

  • What is therapy?

    Therapy is a treatment that involves talking with a trained professional counselor or psychotherapist about anything you might have concerns about in your life. Therapy can address conditions ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship conflicts and career frustrations. Therapy provides ways to express feelings, patterns of thinking, gain perspective and insight on past events, current relationships, and desired goals and plans for the future. Therapy can help to alleviate pain and suffering and add meaning and richness to life. It can help you to access to your strengths and resources and acquire the strategies develop yourself in ways you find important.

  • What is Somatic Experiencing®?

    Somatic Experiencing® is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in ‘’immunity’’ to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.  Several of our therapists at Maverick Family Counseling have completed the SE training or are the process of training. For more information on Somatic Experiencing please visit www.traumahealing.com.

  • What can I expect from my first visit?

    During your first visit, your therapist will conduct a full evaluation of your current situation and any life circumstances that may be affecting you. Your therapist will also answer any questions about your therapy, including fees, frequency of visits, and other concerns that you may have. Together you will establish goals for your treatment and begin to work out a plan for reaching them.

  • Is the information I tell you confidential?

    Everything that you talk about in therapy is legally and ethically protected by confidentiality, and you must give specific permission for any information to be discussed. For example, if you want to have treatment options discussed with your primary care provider you must give us specific signed permission to do so. You may also give permission for us to provide specific information to your insurance carrier in order to obtain coverage.

    There are, however, some legal exceptions to confidentiality that you should know. These are:

    1.  If there is reason to believe that you are an immediate risk to yourself or someone else.
    2.  If there is a reason to believe that a child under 18, or an elderly or disabled person has been abused or neglected.
    3.  If you are involved in a legal proceeding and a judge orders that information about your treatment be disclosed.
  • Will my therapist talk to my doctor or other health care providers?

    In order to provide you with the best coordinated care possible, we are available to discuss your treatment with your other health care providers, if you give us signed permission to do so.

  • Are your services covered by insurance?

    Our therapists participate in most of the major insurance plans that serve New York State and the Hudson Valley. Many insurance companies provide coverage for treatment, although each individual plan is different. Your individual insurance carrier can tell you what your plan covers, as well as what your co-pay will be. We will assist you in clarifying any questions you may have about your coverage. See our Services page for more details about this.

  • Which is better, therapy or medication?

    Depending on the nature of the problem, both medication and therapy have been shown to be effective. Psychotherapy  enables the individual to gain insight and coping skills, while medication can offer relief from symptoms. Sometimes medication and therapy together may be the best choice and this combined approach can provide both the fastest, and longest-lasting treatment. Counseling alone, however, is often very beneficial. It is most helpful to discuss your issues with a skilled professional and determine the best course of treatment for you.

  • Do you work with a psychiatrist or other physician who manages the medication?

    If you are currently prescribed medication, we can work with your prescribing health professional to coordinate treatment. If you might benefit from medication, but it is not currently prescribed, we can work with your primary health care professional, or provide you with a psychiatric referral to facilitate a medication review.

  • Do you have a cancellation policy?

    Therapy is a commitment between a clinician and a client. When a client begins treatment, he or she is making a commitment to a therapeutic process and also to a specific and reserved time, which the therapist holds for the client. And so, when a cancellation occurs, that missed time delays the therapy, and also represents a missed opportunity for somebody else in need, and/or from our large waiting list. In addition, insurance companies do not reimburse for missed appointments.  Therefore, if you must cancel, we ask for at least 24 hours notice, so that we can fill your slot with another client.  If you are unable to provide at least 24 hours notice when you cancel, you will be charged a $70.00 cancellation fee, unless you are able to reschedule that same week in another available time slot.  If your appointment is on a Monday, we ask that you advise your therapist by 5pm the Friday prior.  A cancellation will only be accepted by a phone message, not by text or email. We understand that in the course of our lives, there are emergencies, childcare issues, and serious, contagious illness. However, due to the commitments outlined above, we are unable to make any exceptions to this cancellation policy.