Counseling and Psychotherapy are terms that are used interchangeably today. Individuals, couples, and families meet together with a therapist in a respectful atmosphere to discuss difficulties, problems, and issues the client is concerned about. Any question that is of concern can be brought to a therapist to discuss. Therapists are bound by confidentiality and cannot give information about the client without a signed release. The outcome of psychotherapy varies widely depending on what the client is looking for. Some people seek therapy for a specific problem, while some want to change and understand a more general personal feeling.
People often wonder if the trouble they are having needs professional help especially when their problems seem to be those of ordinary living. When you find that talking things over with usually helpful friends, spouse, pastor, rabbi, etc. does not help and the problem persists, or when reading self-help books seems to give you great ideas but none work, or when everything you try works only temporarily or not at all, it can often be useful to get a professional consultation and then decide whether therapy might offer a new way to understand and tackle the trouble you face. Treat your first meeting or two as a consultation and let the therapist know that you are trying to figure out whether to pursue therapy.
Medical insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse is often different from the coverage you are familiar with for general medical problems. You will need to check whether your policy covers mental health, and whether your policy allows you to see a clinician of your choosing, or whether you are required to see someone on your insurance company’s panel of providers. Call your insurance company to clarify your policies requirements, limitations, deductibles, and co-payments. For further information call me.
In general, if you are being seen individually, what you tell your therapist is kept confidential and cannot be released without written permission. There are some important exceptions that you will discuss with your therapist. For example, I am required by law to report suspicion of child abuse and possible homicide. Also, if you are involved in a court proceeding about custody or divorce, the family court Judge can subpoena my records, and I cannot refuse to release the records. If you are concerned about any of these, you should discuss this in detail with me so that you are fully informed.
Parents have specific questions about confidentiality out of their concern for their children’s welfare. On the one hand, they know that the therapist must maintain confidentiality so that their child can trust the therapist. On the other hand, they are responsible for their child’s well being. This is particularly tricky when the child is a teenager. I have worked with children and teenagers extensively and am happy to discuss the details of what information is shared and how to balance these two concerns.
Finally, when a couple or family is being seen, sometimes a member wants to share information with the therapist but not with the other family members. Please discuss this with whomever you are seeing. The issues are complicated and important.
Generally, for children up to about 14, a therapist will meet with the parents first. Some clinicians meet with the parents and the child together, and some meet with the parents and child separately. Some have the whole family come in even though there is a particular child that is of concern. After 14, for some children it is best to meet with the child first. Any of this can be discussed with the particular therapist you will be seeing. After the initial meeting we will talk with you about the next steps for treatment and what we hope to accomplish in our time together, so that both you and your child know what to expect.
Usually couples are seen together for the first meeting. After the initial appointment a treatment plan is worked out that suit the needs of the couple. Often both partners continue to see the therapist together, but there are occasions when either or both members of the couple will have separate meetings with the therapist. As in any treatment, if the plan the therapist recommends does not feel right, be sure to ask for clarification.
Therapeutic play is used with children ages 3-12 who experience psychosocial problems through the therapeutic power of play to help the child grow and develop to their fullest potential. According to the Association for Play Therapy, play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the "language" of the child, which is play. It works best when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and child, whereas the child may freely and naturally express what pleases and bothers him or her.
Play therapy is used to help alleviate behavioral problems and disorders such as:
Kemetic Yoga™ derived from ancient Egypt, once called Kemet. Kemetic Yoga™ was developed by studying, translating and interpreting the images of yoga postures found from inside Kemetic Temples as well as hieroglyphic texts. Kemetic Yoga™ is both a philosophy and practice based on the Kemetic system of self-development that fueled the creation of the Kemetic Civilization that of which gave birth to Western science, philosophy and religion.
The modern version of this ancient system was developed from primary research conducted by Dr. Asar Hapi and Master Yirser Ra Hotep (Elvrid Lawrence) (Pictured above) of Chicago during the 1970s.
Kemetic Yoga™ is a healing & restorative yoga system that places emphasis on the alignment of the spine by using a series of geometrically progressive postures that creates alignment of the spinal column and corrects defects in the skeletal muscular system. It also places emphasis on the use of the breath to "flow" through the movements from one posture to the next in order to relieve stress, increase blood circulation, nutrient and oxygen supply to vital body systems, and to allow internal life force energy and cerebral spinal fluid to flow more efficiently and abundantly throughout the entire body.
Kemetic Yoga™ is part of the YogaSkills Method™ of Yoga practice that emphasizes on creating conditions that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, therefore allowing the mind and body to heal.
When seeking professional help for support, growth and wellbeing, we often default to a seek out a therapist. However, have you ever considered a life-coach instead?
The biggest difference between therapy and life coaching is the focus of the work. Life coaches focus on setting and achieving goals and life change. Therapist focus on mental and motional health and healing.
So, how do know which one to see?
If you are struggling with mental health issues, trauma, or need emotional healing, a therapist is the right choice. Life-coach do not diagnosis or treat mental health concerns.
If you want to get "unstuck", set and achieve life goals, create growth, life change, or improve your relationships, then a life-coach is a great choice!