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Common Questions

 

Is Christian therapy right for me?
Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.
How can Christian therapy help me?
What is Christian therapy like?
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Is Christian therapy confidential?



Is Christian therapy right for me? 

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of Christian counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a Christian therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Christian therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Christian therapy integrates a personal application of Spiritual principles together with appropriate psychological techniques and is individualized to accommodate the personal needs of each client. It is right for anyone who is interested in developing a more intimate understanding of God, by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards positive and lasting change in their lives.


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Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems. 

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, Christian therapy 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 God’s intervention through therapy. Christian therapy 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.




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How can Christian therapy help me?


A number of benefits are available from participating in Biblically based integrated psychotherapy. Christian therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that Christian counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal and spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Christian therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from Christian therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
  • Attaining 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 therapy
  • 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
  • Strengthened understanding of and connection to God

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What is Christian therapy like? 

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Christian therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal and spiritual growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For Christian therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking Christian therapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical Biblical guidance

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Is medication a substitute for therapy? 

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Many Christians are resistant to taking medication. If symptoms and anxiety prevent the client from doing the deeper work necessary to bring emotional relief it may need to be considered to facilitate the healing process. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. ^back-to-top^ Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work? 

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy 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?
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Is Christian therapy confidential? 

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
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