What is therapy like?
In some ways, therapy is very similar to what you see in movies: the client comes in and sits on a couch and addresses their thoughts and feelings about the particular situation that is of concern. What is different is that therapy is interactive; it will not be you talking and talking with no response. Therapy is a place where you can get an objective opinion and perspective on your situation, and with the assistance of treatment, develop insight into the reasons behind your actions. With that insight, you can then begin to make future decisions that you are comfortable with and confident in.
How long and frequent are sessions?
Sessions last 50 minutes and are scheduled for once-weekly appointments. However, treatment is tailored to your unique needs. Longer (80 minute) or twice weekly sessions are available. On the same hand, if you feel you no longer need weekly appointments, sessions can be decreased to bi-monthly or monthly as is clinically appropriate.
How long does therapy last?
The length of therapy depends on the issues at hand and the individual’s set goals. For clients who are looking to address a behavior change or to prepare for a concrete and time-limited goal, therapy may be resolved in a set amount of sessions. For others who are looking to address past traumas or deeper issues, therapy may be longer or ongoing. Regardless of the issue you are presenting in treatment, the length of therapy is ultimately decided by you. Sometimes after one goal is completed another one arises, or sometimes reaching one goal is all you need to feel ready to move on.
What are my payment options?
Payment can either be through your insurance plan or out-of-pocket. Amanda is currently in-network for BlueCross BlueShield RI and United Healthcare. If you are interested in submitting out-of-network claims, Amanda offers monthly invoices for services rendered.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes. Everything you say in therapy stays between you and your therapist. There are only a few limits to confidentiality: anytime you mention thoughts of wanting to harm yourself, or harm others, or mention that someone else is harming you, Amanda may be obligated by law to make a report or take necessary action to ensure the safety of you and others. In couples therapy, Amanda is also unable to keep secrets with one partner from another. As you and your partner are in therapy together, your relationship also becomes a client in treatment and not being honest inhibits the progress your relationship is able to make.