What is the average length of therapy?
On average, many problems are resolved in short-term treatment (approximately 12 sessions). However, it may often last longer, depending on your needs, the severity and duration of your symptoms, and motivation for change, among other factors. Treatment goals will be discussed with you in a collaborative fashion at the onset of treatment. Psychotherapy is a process, thus the treatment goals may be revised throughout the treatment process. Once your symptoms have subsided, you may choose to terminate treatment; with the assurance that you are welcome back anytime in the future for additional assistance if needed.
How often do I attend sessions?
Treatment is most effective when conducted weekly, especially at the beginning of treatment. Consistent attendance on a weekly basis facilitates the development of a therapeutic relationship based on trust and understanding of your needs. Dr. Deschamps will make every attempt possible to ensure that your sessions are scheduled within this optimal frequency. Once progress is observed, sessions may be held every other week to maintain continuity and monitor internalization of the coping strategies learned.
If your insurance coverage includes mental health care, your insurance will most likely cover psychotherapy. Dr. Deschamps will provide you with a receipt for the services so you can file with your insurance.
How can therapy help me?
Psychotherapy 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 concerns, among many other issues Psychotherapy is also an effective process to enhance personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and everyday life stressors. As a professional trained psychologist, I can often provide different perspectives on challenging situations and point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from 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 issues/problems; learning new ways to cope with problems or stressors in your life; improving communications and listening skills; and improving self-esteem and self-confidence.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Many problems are easily solved with psychotherapy alone. However, there are times when the treatment issues are more resistant to change and to one intervention alone. In such cases, Dr. Deschamps may recommend the addition of a medication to aid treatment progress. She may refer you to a psychiatrist or will work closely with your physician as a partner in your health care. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy provides the most effective treatment outcome.