Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy

Do I need psychotherapy?

This is a difficult question. If you are thinking about therapy then perhaps it may be a good time to consider it. For certain it is best when you decide and at that point it can be most helpful for you.

Is it too late for psychotherapy to be helpful?

It is never too late to grow, learn, and heal. A relationship may be too damaged to be saved or death occurred, however your well being and the quality of your life beyond a current situation is quite important. The level of that quality is up to you to determine.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a process. It provides the individual the opportunity to work through issues of concern in a constructive and non judgmental environment. The pace of the process is based on what the individual in cooperation with the therapist determines the most effect

Are people who seek psychotherapy weak or defective?

The same type of question can be asked of those who go to a library to seek information. Often it is the healthier individual who wishes to improve the quality of his or her life that seeks out a therapist.

How do I find the “right” or best therapist for my needs?

Interviewing the potential therapist over the phone is a quick and easy way to determine if it is a good “match”. Questions to ask can be length of time in practice, areas of special expertise, personal philosophy of the therapist as it relates to their practice. You may be asked to identify the issue you wish to discuss and should do so as far as you are comfortable at that point.

What are the professional requirements of the therapist?

For psychotherapists who practice in Florida there are three areas of licensing – Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). All of these require a graduate degree from an accredited university plus numerous years as a supervised intern and finally the therapist must sit for the state board examinations. In addition to keep the license current there are mandatory credit hour courses that must be taken in order to maintain an active license.

Specialty certifications are earned by the therapist by nationally recognized organizations in areas of specific interest. When searching for a therapist it is good to inquire about the license as well as additional specialties.