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Therapy Questions | Mental Health Questions To Ask a Therapist
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Therapy Questions

Pacific Psychotherapy Associates / Therapy Questions

Therapy Questions Asked by Clients

Is therapy worth the expense?

Therapy is worth the expense as it is an investment in yourself. Ultimately, this may be one of the best “purchases” of your life, because it’s completely for you.

Is therapy right for me?

Therapy can be right for you, but it is a personal question that you need to answer for yourself. We always encourage you to try a few therapy sessions. If, after some time, therapy doesn’t feel right – that’s ok. We can help find you another therapist or mental health resource that is a better fit. It’s your time and money – it should feel like you’re getting something from it.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

You don’t need to have a huge problem to see a therapist. Sometimes having a non-judgmental, objective ear is a great way to gain some new perspective on an issue you’re facing. Therapy is becoming much more mainstream. In fact, it’s not uncommon to overhear conversations that start by saying; “In my therapy appointment this week…”.

Do you prescribe medication?

We do not prescribe medication as we are not licensed psychiatrists. We are licensed talk psychotherapists (LMFT). We work in tandem with psychiatrists whom we can refer you to if needed. Together, we can work on a treatment plan for you.

Is therapy confidential?

Mental Health Therapy is confidential. The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions to the above statement, required by law to the rule of Patient Confidentiality. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.