Diana Saunders, MA LPC

Frequently Asked Questions

Asking QuestionsIs therapy the right choice for me?

The reasons for seeking out therapy are as varied as the individuals themselves and the problems with which they are dealing. Some people choose to go to therapy when they are feeling it is time to deal with persistent psychological issues such as depression,  or behavioral issues such as anger. Some people choose to seek help when life deals them  unexpected change,  such as divorce,  death,  or work changes. Many clients seek the counseling and advice as they pursue personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can assist the individual in gaining insight,  provide support,  and offer new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of emotional issues including depression,  anxiety,  conflict,  grief,  and stress management. Clients who do well in therapy are interested in taking personal responsibility,  want to create greater self-awareness and wish to implement positive change in their lives.


Do I really need therapy?  I usually take care of my own problems.

We all have differing strengths and resiliencies which we draw upon during difficult times. I find that the clients who come to me are consciously choosing to ask for assistance when they are aware they may need a new tool,  a new skill,  to assist them during a trying time. What I offer is an objective perspective,  with a fresh outlook that assists in clarifying the right solutions for you. I have great respect for my clients as they tackle whatever issue life has brought to them. They are taking responsibility for the issue,  and are dedicated to making positive changes. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support,  giving you the tools you need to make the change you are committed to making.


What’s the difference between counseling and coaching and how do I know which is right for me?

There are many differing views on this, so I am going to give you mine. Please know this view is based on personal experience. After working with both coaching and counseling clients, the determination to utilize a coaching modality vs. a counseling modality will largely depend on the issue being brought into session and the degree to which the client is suffering emotionally or otherwise from the issue. Many times a coaching client will want support as he/she transitions to a new job, will want support to identify what will make for a happier life, may want to learn specific life or business skills ( social skills for example, or learning how to interview for a job).

With counseling clients there is often an immediate need to solve a problem that is creating considerable dis-harmony, dis-ease, pain or dysfunction within personal, familial or work life. There may be a history of abuse, trauma or neglect that has contributed in a negative way to the person’s ability to identify and create new healed ways of being without the  introspection that a psychotherapist can facilitate and the objectivity he/she can offer.

If you have an interest in one modality vs. the other, let’s talk about what will best serve you, and together come to an agreement about how to move forward.


What are the benefits of therapy?

Depending on the issue at hand,  I can provide you with support,  assist you in developing your problem-solving skills,  and enhance your coping strategies for issues such as depression,  anxiety,  relationship difficulties,  unresolved childhood issues,  grief,  stress management,  behavioral issues such as anger,  and creative blocks. We can also work together to develop skill for managing your personal growth.

Many people also find that utilizing therapists can be a great benefit to managing personal growth,  interpersonal relationships,  family concerns,  marriage issues,  and daily life situations. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you utilize and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits you may gain from therapy include:

  • Gaining increased knowledge and awareness about your self,  your goals and your values
  • Developing skills for improving the differing relationships in your life
  • Discovering solutions to the issues or concerns that led you to therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger,  grief,  depression,  and other emotional difficulties
  • Bettering communication and listening skills
  • Uncovering unsuccessful belief and behavior patterns and developing successful ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Increasing your self-confidence and improving self-esteem

 

What can I expect in my sessions? 

Your unique needs will help determine what happens in your sessions. In most sessions with clients we discuss major issues and concerns in your life. With most clients we begin with a schedule of weekly sessions as our relationship is established and you are working through the goals you have set. Our sessions normally last for about 50 minutes with the remainder of the hour used for record keeping. We determine whether short term therapy working on a specific issue is needed,  or longer term therapy where we tackle more complex issues and personal growth,  is needed. We may decide that work outside therapy is necessary,  such as reading a book,  or charting behaviors,  or journaling,  for example. It will be important for you to take action on those activities to which you agree,  as this will help you integrate that which is unfolding in the therapy process. Successful therapy occurs when clients are willing to take responsibility for their actions,  work towards change,  and become more aware and conscious in their lives.

Here are some things you can expect from me:

  • Compassion,  respect,  and understanding
  • Perspectives to clarify long-standing patterns and negative feelings and cognitions
  • Tools and strategies for creating positive change
  • Successful and established techniques
  • Realistic guidance

 

What if I decide on medication rather than therapy?

Research indicates that the lasting solution to mental and emotional problems and any associated pain cannot be resolved with medication alone. That being said,  there are times when medication in conjunction with therapy is the appropriate treatment for a client. Working with your medical doctor and therapist may help you establish the best course of action for you. Knowing that therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the accompanying behaviors may also help you make appropriate decisions. Your health and well-being may be best achieved by an integrative approach to wellness.

 

Do you accept insurance?

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Is therapy confidential?

Generally speaking,  our laws protect confidentiality of communication between client and psychotherapist. Information is dispensed only with written permission (a release) from the client.

There are exceptions to confidentiality. These include but are not limited to:

  • If a therapist suspects child abuse,  dependent abuse,  or elder abuse. The therapist is obligated to report the appropriate authorities.
  • If a client indicates intent to self-harm. The therapist will work with the individual to create a safety plan. If the client does not cooperate,  the therapist may be forced to take additional precautions.
  • If a client indicates intent to harm another. The therapist is obligated to notify the police.

Please contact me if you have further questions about therapy.