Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG ARE THERAPY SESSIONS?
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO COME IN FOR THERAPY?
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY?
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO A SCHEDULED SESSION?
We require 48 hours notice to cancel or change a scheduled session. If on the day of the session you cannot make it for any reason, you can substitute a telephone or “virtual” (internet) session, if feasible. Please give your therapist at least 3 hours notice if you would like to switch to a phone or internet session.
DO YOU WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS?
Yes we offer counseling and play therapy for children as young as 5 up through the teen years.
DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
No. Only Medical Doctors can prescribe medications. If you counselor thinks you would benefit from medication, he or she will provide you with a referral to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Your own primary care doctor may also be able to prescribe medication in certain cases.
IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, whatever you discuss with your therapist is considered confidential or “privileged” and cannot be disclosed without your consent. However, NY state law requires all licensed health professionals to take appropriate action if they learn of a threat to your safety or the safety of others.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “COUNSELING FROM AN AUTHENTIC CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE”?
Today the word “Catholic” is no longer a descriptive term. Many may be baptized as Catholics and may attend Mass but they may be unaware of or even disagree with fundamental church teachings and practices. At St. Raphael we are faithful to the official teachings of the Roman Catholic church and that informs our beliefs about the human person and what is healthy emotional functioning and behavior. We integrate those truths as well as prayer and the use of the sacraments into our counseling practice. Many Catholics seek out our help because they trust that the advice we give will not undermine their faith beliefs or practice.
DO I HAVE TO BE A PRACTICING CATHOLIC TO COME HERE FOR THERAPY?
Not at all. We are simply stating our theoretical orientation but we do not attempt to convert anyone. You can feel free to discuss your beliefs with your counselor and whether or not you would like faith to be a part of the therapeutic process.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP THERAPY?
Yes! We offer many creative and affordable groups. If there is a topic you would like to see a group about, please feel free to make suggestions and we’ll see what we can do.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A “FREE CONSULTATION”?
Before beginning a therapy relationship, we offer a free consultation in which a counselor will discuss with you the reasons that you are seeking therapy. This gives your therapist a chance to get to know you and for you to get to know your counselor and decide if you are comfortable to set up a first session. This consultation is usually about 20 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN APPOINTMENT?
We can usually schedule an appointment within a week of when you have your initial consultation.
DOES THERAPY REALLY WORK?
Yes, therapy has been very effective for many people. It is important to note however that therapy requires work and change. Your success in therapy will depend on many factors including your own commitment and consistency. sometimes you will find the process uncomfortable but that is usually required if you’re going to break through unhealthy or negative patterns in your life. It is important to discuss these feelings with your therapist.
DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SESSIONS?
For individual sessions you are not asked to make any binding commitment. You are free to discontinue at any time but we’d encourage you to commit to your own healing and continue until your reach your goals. You can discuss time frames and any other concerns with your therapist at any time.
Many groups that we offer are time limited and will run for a predetermined number of sessions, usually weekly. Since part of the benefit of group therapy involves the active participation and interaction of members in order to engage in such a group you will be expected to commit up front to the full term of the group.