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Therapy

We value the complexity and sacredness of the human experience and recognize that vulnerability can be scary at times. We also believe that vulnerability is a necessary component for breaking through shame and mental health stigma. The therapy process works best when you feel safe enough to show up as authentically as possible, to fully express all intersections of your identities.

Individual therapy

The process typically starts with a brief phone consultation, which will give you and the therapist an opportunity to ask important questions about working together.

If you decide to move forward, your clinician will schedule an intake appointment to learn more about your needs as well as your strengths. Follow-up sessions are then scheduled weekly or biweekly for 30-60 minutes and may focus on coping skills development, increasing insight and awareness, and/or identifying short-term solutions & recommendations.

Group Therapy

For some, group therapy can be a more effective way to address certain concerns. It can provide a community of support, help improve social skills, and increase self-awareness by listening to others with similar concerns. Groups typically meet 60-90 minutes weekly and consist of 6-8 participants. An initial consultation and individual intake appointment are also required for participation in group therapy.

We are currently working to develop our group therapy offerings. Please check back for updates.

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Assessment

Psychological assessment is a method used to measure and observe a client’s behavior to help diagnose their concerns and provide recommendations for addressing those concerns. Most clients seek assessment with a specific question in mind (“referral question”), usually to help understand the underlying cause(s) of school, work, and/or relationship difficulties. Your clinician may use any combination of interviews, questionnaires, observations, and formal tests to help answer the referral question.

Phases of Assessment

Intake

This is usually the first appointment in the assessment process and includes a clinical interview regarding your functioning in various areas, including social, emotional, academic, occupational, and medical. This appointment will help your clinician determine which type of assessment and/or tests should be administered to address the referral question (or the reason for seeking assessment) . Insurance and fees will also be discussed during this visit. This appointment typically lasts for one hour.

Testing

Before, during, or immediately after intake, your clinician may ask you and/or others to complete questionnaires regarding your symptoms. Many of these forms can be completed electronically. Most tests, however, require an in-office appointment and involve various activities to help your clinician observe some of your difficulties. Testing may occur over the course of one to two days, depending on the referral question.

Feedback

This is likely your last appointment in the assessment process, unless you return for updated or additional testing at a later point. During this appointment, your clinician will summarize the information collected during the intake and testing phases, discuss diagnostic impressions based on that information, and provide personalized recommendations for addressing the initial concerns. This information will also be provided in a written report for your records. These appointments typically last for one hour. Please note that the duration between your last testing appointment and feedback session varies based on the type of assessment being conducted.

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Consultation

Let’s talk about it! We are passionate about bringing mental health topics from the therapy room to the community. Whether you are a small group looking for mental health education and coping resources, or a larger organization seeking training on specific mental health topics, we would love to collaborate. 

If your group or agency is interested in booking a speaking engagement and/or training, submit an email request to info@liberationpsychservice.com. We will set up a time to discuss your needs in detail and determine the best way to move forward.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Therapy is essentially a privileged relationship between a helping professional and client. Privileged means that the therapist is ethically bound to protect the client’s privacy, with a few exceptions. There are many ways to practice therapy and your experience will depend on what your therapist believes about the human personality and how change occurs (theoretical orientation). While some therapists disclose to their clients more than others, the client is the focus of therapy; it is not a reciprocal relationship.

This may be my personal bias because I am a therapist, but I believe that anyone could find some benefit in participating in therapy. But clients usually come to therapy because something in their life is not working for them, and their difficulties are impacting their ability to function. Some clients are seeking skills to help them cope with life’s challenges, while others are looking for a space to process and increase their self-awareness. Some are seeking a combination of both. Then there are those who need short-term support for a very specific and/or temporary challenge. Therapy is right for people in all of these situations. A brief consultation with a therapist could help you identify if and how therapy might benefit you.

There are several factors that impact when someone decides to enter therapy. Finances, motivation for change, and access are just a few things that many clients grapple with when making that decision.

I believe that most people seek therapy when 1) external and internal barriers are minimal, and 2) they are at least curious about change.

In other words, the decision to enter therapy is yours to own. However, there are certain situations where I would strongly encourage someone to seek help: 1) if they are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, 2) if they are engaging in harmful or risky behaviors including alcohol or substance abuse, or 3) if they are engaging in self-injurious behavior or violence towards others.

It’s almost impossible to list all of the potential benefits of therapy. Some of the most commonly reported benefits include increased self-awareness, empowerment to make necessary life changes, better decision-making skills, enhanced coping strategies to manage distress, and improved relationships with others.

The answer depends on a number of factors including your reasons for seeking therapy, your motivation for change, the quality of rapport between you and your therapist, and barriers to consistent engagement. Most clients report some level of improvement after three months.

During the first full session, the therapist’s goal is to understand your concerns with as much clarity as possible. This means that they’ll probably ask a lot of questions. If you have questions about what to expect from your therapist, this is a great time to ask them. This is the first step toward determining whether you can work well together. You may begin to talk about a plan for therapy. If you are in need of immediate resources or referrals, this might also occur during the first meeting.

It’s important to be clear on what you value in a therapeutic relationship. It might be difficult to know what you value in a therapist if this is your first time seeking therapy. It might also take several sessions to determine whether a therapist is a good fit. During the relationship-building process, it’s important to feel empowered to ask your therapist questions about their approach. It’s also important to be able to provide feedback to your therapist when something isn’t working for you. While therapy will feel challenging at times (because growth is uncomfortable), it should never feel dehumanizing or oppressive. At the end of the day, you should trust your instincts and self-advocate when necessary.

This can be a significant barrier to seeking therapy. Many therapists accept health insurance to offset the out-of-pocket costs of therapy. Others may offer a sliding scale fee schedule based on your income. Your community might offer low- to no-cost services provided by therapists-in-training. You should explore all of these options with your therapist early in the relationship.

Therapist credentials, or the letters behind our names, offer information about what type of education and training we received and what certifications we hold. Licensure status is an indication of whether we can legally and ethically practice independently versus being supervised. What credentials don’t tell you: number of years of experience, beliefs about personality and change, therapist personal characteristics, etc. In other words, credentials matter if you prefer that your therapist possess a certain degree/certification, but this doesn’t tell the whole story about what a therapist has to offer. You can usually find important details in a therapist’s website bio but some things are impossible to gauge until you actually talk to the therapist.

If you’ve concluded that you could benefit from therapy but there are remaining barriers to engagement, there are things you can do to prepare yourself for therapy. There are many self-help books that can familiarize you with therapeutic concepts. Also, many therapists share mental health content on their social media pages and websites. If there is a local talk on mental health, you might find it less threatening and/or more accessible than therapy. None of these things should replace therapy, especially if you are at risk to self or others. However, a huge part of addressing mental health disparity and stigma involves meeting potential clients where they are until they are ready to engage.

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