Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from the first session of therapy?
The first session will also help to give a good indication of whether you feel comfortable with the therapist you are working with. It’s important to feel like you can trust your therapist in order to openly share your concerns. This relationship building can take a few sessions to establish. The session will end with the therapist telling you the next course of action and asking you if you would like to move forward with them in the process.
Do you provide initial consultations before booking a therapy appointment?
Should I use my insurance for therapy?
What is the difference between a social worker (LCSW), a marriage and family therapist (MFT) and a Psychologist?
A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) follows along the same path as an LCSW, however, MFTs specialization is in working with couples, the family system and the individual through a relational lens. A Psychologist is an individual who has completed a doctoral degree in psychology, a one-year internship in the field, and 3,000 hours of supervised training prior to sitting for their two licensing exams. Many psychologists also elect to complete a postdoctoral fellowship to obtain additional training in their areas of specialty. Psychologists can have the designation of PhD or PsyD based on their clinical track.
What is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) or Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW)?
Some great benefits of seeing an associate are:
- Cost savings – Associate rates are typically lower than Licensed Clinicians.
- You get someone who was educated more recently having studied recent theories in school. This means they are likely to have the most up-to-date knowledge on how to best treat and help support clients.
- Two great minds for the cost of one! Associates are required to participate in at least weekly supervision sessions with a well trained Clinical Supervisor. This means they are getting regular feedback and support from another trained clinician on how to best help you!
Some additional information about Associates:
Associates are required to have a minimum of 500-700 clinical counseling hours before they even graduate from college, and many AMFTs and ASWs have a couple thousand hours already when starting at a private practice! Associate’s need 3000+ hours before they can apply for licensure, either as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
An Associate must be approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide therapy and are required to have weekly supervision meetings. During the supervision training, they will review each case with their supervisor (either verbally or by showing video/audio of therapy sessions), gain education and training from their supervisor, and discuss the ethics and legal issues of being a therapist. Not only do Associates have weekly supervision meetings, they also are attending trainings and learning new techniques and modalities while they work. The great thing about working with an Associate is that you not only get help from that therapist, but your case is reviewed by their supervisor, essentially meaning that you are getting TWO great minds at the cost of one therapist. Leah Mitchell, LCSW is the supervisor here at Freedom Within Center.
What can I expect from telehealth counseling sessions?
A telehealth session typically consists of the client logging into a portal that is HIPAA compliant. The therapist will also meet in this portal and the session with be conducted through a live video call over the computer screen. It can sometimes take a few sessions to get used to the different format, but often times after those initial sessions it begins to feel more comfortable. In order to get the most out of your telehealth sessions you will want to make sure you have privacy, a good internet connection and test your equipment ahead of time.
Telehealth can also be a great option if you have difficulty leaving your job during the day – a lunch break session can be a nice way to fit therapy in. Additionally, if you have medical issues that make it difficult to get places or even if you are sick and still want to see your therapist, telehealth provides a safe option for everyone.
How long does it take for therapy to start working? How long do I have to do therapy until I will start feeling better?
Do I need to take psychiatric medications?
Can a therapist or a psychologist prescribe me medication?
How can a dietitian support my mood?
To get more information on these therapy FAQs, or for any other questions about therapy, contact us today!