A number of benefits are available from participating in my services. First, as a licensed naturopathic physician, I have experience, insight, and knowledge of health and illness as well as conventional and alternative medicine. As a result of my psychotherapy training, I also provide coaching, support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as eating disorders, addictions, depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that I can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. I can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from my services depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits may include:
- Overcoming chronic conditions and vastly improved health
- Attaining health goals
- Achieving a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek help
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, assistance is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking assistance. Consultation provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
People have many different motivations for coming to see me. Some may be going through a major health crisis like cancer or heart disease or life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other health conditions such as fatigue or obesity or issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. I can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking my services are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous appointment. Depending on your specific needs, counseling can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond our discussions during your appointments, I may suggest some things you can do outside of your session to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, making specific dietary or activity changes, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking my services are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and making responsibility for their lives.
It is well established that the long-term solution to medical or mental problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication, but rather a multidisciplinary approach. Instead of just treating the symptoms, I address the underlying causes of illness and distress, and the behavior patterns that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and counseling is the right course of action.
To determine if you have naturopathic or mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- Do you cover naturopathic consultations or health coaching?
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per session?
- How many sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
- How do I file an insurance claim on my own?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful counseling requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the office. However, state law and professional ethics require counselors to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person or self.