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FAQ About Therapy

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a method of treatment intended to improve the mental health of individuals, couples, or families. Psychotherapy (sometimes called counseling) can help people with ordinary every day problems and it can also be used to help those with deep psychological pain.

Is It Normal To Be Nervous About Contacting A Psychotherapist?

Yes. Whatever you want to work on in psychotherapy is obviously important to you otherwise you would not consider investing your time, energy, and money.

Many people worry about being judged or misunderstood. Others worry that the therapist will not be able to help in any meaningful way. Frequently people find that their nervousness subsides during the initial session as the therapist treats their concerns with seriousness, respect, and compassion.

What Are Some Of The Ways Psychotherapy Can Help?

Psychotherapy may help you:

  • Make well-informed decisions regarding your career, relationships, and other important life choices
  • Manage stressful situations or life transitions
  • Increase your capacity for intimacy
  • Mourn the loss of a loved one or a significant relationship
  • Resolve long standing emotional roadblocks
  • Foster awareness, compassion and forgiveness
  • Establish closer and more fulfilling relationships
  • Feel more capable in your studies or career
  • Overcome feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Experience greater pleasure in your day-to-day life
  • Make better use of your abilities
  • Gain greater freedom in your choices and actions

How long will I need to be in therapy?

Our psychologists work efficiently and effectively to help resolve client challenges. Everyone’s needs and personal situations are different, and the length of therapy depends on the complexity of the challenges for which you are seeking help.

Do we work with step/blended families and extended family members?

Yes, today’s ‘families’ consist of various arrangements. For many blended families, there is a challenging period of adjustment to new roles and relationships. Family therapy can help each blended family member become clear of his or her role and how to communicate effectively within the new family.

How long are the appointments?

At Hawaii Center for Psychology appointments are typically 75-80 minutes. Sessions can be scheduled weekly or biweekly as needed and agreed upon.

How Do I Know Whether A Psychotherapist Is The Right One For Me?

The initial sessions not only allows the psychotherapist to get to know you, but also allows you to get to know the therapist. Specifically, you can assess how comfortable you feel with the therapist and how confident you feel that he or she understands you.

If you feel that your concerns are not being treated seriously and sensitively, you should look for a different psychotherapist. However, even a competent and experienced psychotherapist may not be the right one for you. As in any relationship, some people ‘click’ better than others. If you feel that the therapist might not be a good match for you, you should obtain additional referrals and meet with other psychotherapists

How Can I Make The Most Of Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy works best when you share your thoughts and feelings as openly and honestly as possible. Some people find this easier than others.

Most of us ‘screen’ our thoughts, often without realizing it. This may be because we find them inconsequential, embarrassing, painful, or inappropriate. Your therapist should help you feel more comfortable sharing your thoughts so that you can make the most of your treatment.

Will My Health Insurance Pay For Psychotherapy?

YES!  Federal law that took effect in 2010 and Hawaii State Law requires that your employer provided health care insurance cover mental health the same way it covers physical health.  Your copay is typically the same for our services as it is for your primary care doctor.  WE DO ACCEPT:  HMSA, HMAA, and UHA.

At this time, we are NOT accepting new patients with: Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, Quest, MDX, HMA, or Summerlyn insurance.

If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, please call our office and our administrative staff will be happy to help you.

How do services intended for a child or adolescent differ from adult therapy?

Children and adolescents benefit from learning insights and coping skills that are presented by the therapist in an age-appropriate manner. In addition to working one-to-one with a child or adolescent, therapists may seek input from important adults, such as parents, caregivers and teachers. Most child/adolescent mental health professionals will coach parents on how best to address the needs of a child struggling with behavioral or emotional issues.

Where should I park?

You may park in the Bishop Square parking structure ($3.70 with validation per half hour) accessed on the left side of Alakea Street between King and Hotel Streets or at the municipal public parking located in Ali’i Place ($0.75 per half hour) accessed on the right side of Alakea Street between King and Hotel Streets. Our friendly administrative staff will be happy to respond to your questions about parking and parking rates.

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