FAQs

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I REALLY NEED THERAPY?

It’s a little different for everyone. Some signs that you might need help from a professional are when the way you feel begins to negatively impact your sleep, your job, appetite, relationships with friends and loved ones, or your decision-making abilities. If you find that you feel “blue” a lot, or that things just aren’t getting better or even that things seem hopeless – these are also pretty strong indicators that it’s time to seek out a trained professional to help.

WHY SHOULDN’T I TRY TO JUST WORK THROUGH THIS ON MY OWN?

It’s easy to put off seeking out help for something that’s negatively impacting the way we feel. In fact, the decision to get help can actually be extremely difficult for many of us. Often times we dismiss feelings of anxiety, emotional pain, relationship stress, or depression as “just life” – even to the point of encountering real difficulty in normal day-to-day functioning. Deciding to take responsibility for your mental wellbeing is an empowering first step. It takes courage, but it puts you back in control of your feelings and wellbeing. Even the small action step of reaching out can have a surprisingly positive effect on your outlook!

WHAT DOES PROFESSIONAL THERAPY PROVIDE?

Professional counseling gives you an opportunity to share, but also to gain new understanding and perspective. Life can be hard at times, and difficult circumstances are sometimes beyond our control, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Therapy helps you set achievable goals, and begin to make lasting changes to help you reach them. Through getting to the root of the issues and learning techniques for changing your behaviors and thoughts, you’re equipped to both regain control and practice healthy patterns for long-lasting improvement.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A THERAPY SESSION?

Since the needs and goals of every client are different, therapy sessions vary in format and approach. Sometimes clients come with an agenda or specific things they’d like to talk about. Other times, people have a success story, an emotion that’s bothering them, grief over a loss or series of losses, or just a vague feeling or thought they can’t shake. Sessions progress based on the needs of the client at the time, but active participation and collaboration is important. As a counselor, I am not here to solve your problem, but rather to facilitate awareness and insight. In addition to in-session discussion and activities, I might encourage an outside activity or assignment that we discuss later (like reading a book, or keeping a journal). Ultimately, the goal is to identify the areas where change or help is needed, set realistic objectives, and to equip you with resources and strategies for both near-term and long-term success.

DO I HAVE TO SHARE THINGS I DON’T WANT TO?

Certain topics or stories can be difficult to share, and that’s normal and OK. You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to, or that makes you uncomfortable. It’s important to build a trusting relationship between therapist and client, but our sessions always progress at a pace that you feel ready for.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Because therapy is tailored to a specific person and the goals and challenges that person is facing, there’s no pre-defined period of time for ongoing therapy sessions. Sometimes incredible progress is made in mere minutes, but it’s not uncommon for therapy to span several sessions over a period of weeks or months. Individual sessions are generally about 60 minutes in length.

IS THIS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

Coverage varies greatly, but my services may be covered in part or in full by your insurance provider. I am not contracted with any insurance panels at this time, but I can print a receipt for you to turn into to your insurance for possible reimbursement. I am contracted with several EAP’s so please check with your employer to see if you have these benefits. Please contact your HMO or health insurance plan to learn more about what your plan covers. Below are some questions that are helpful to ask:

  • Do my insurance benefits include mental health services?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Will I be required to pay a copay?
  • Is there a limit to the number of sessions per year my plan covers?
  • What is my deductible?
  • Do I need to get approval from my primary care physician?

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact me at least 24 hours in advance of your session. Sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.

ARE THERAPY SESSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?

Yes. Your privacy is important to me, and you can trust that our sessions, as well as any of your personal information, is always held in the strictest of confidence. Additionally, anything you transmit over my website is highly secure, and stored data is HIPAA-compliant.

Confidential information disclosed in private therapy sessions is legally protected. However, there are some exceptions to this, including instances of suspected child or elder abuse, or when a client presents a serious danger of violence toward himself or herself or another person. If you’d like to learn more about ethical standards and privileged communication exceptions, I am happy to provide additional information.

HOW DOES NATURE-BASED COUNSELING WORK?

For our first few sessions, we will meet in my office in Denver to get to know one another, discuss our options, your needs and goals, your preferences on where to meet (I am more than happy to offer ideas and suggestions if you don’t have a preference), your comfort and fitness level in the outdoors, and the fees for the particular area and session length we choose.  Once we have gotten to know one another and have a grasp on what you would like to work on in therapy, we will meet at the outdoor area we have chosen. Depending on your comfort and fitness level, the outdoor session may involve some walking or hiking. You get to set the parameters you are comfortable with. We can also choose a spot to sit if you prefer. We may use some outdoor elements in our session, so please notify me if you have any allergies.

DO I HAVE TO BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NATURE-BASED COUNSELING?

No! Some of our options include walking on a trail, around the Botanic Gardens, or in a local park; hiking in an open space; or sitting on a bench or the grass. The focus in not on the physical exercise, but on the session itself. Please don’t expect to get a vigorous workout, as this is not the focus of our work together.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

I am prepared to conduct outdoor sessions in all weather except lightening. I am happy to direct you to some guidelines to choose the appropriate clothing/gear. However, in the case of inclement weather, you always have the option to reschedule, do a tele-session, or to meet in my office instead.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO MEET OUTSIDE FOR THERAPY? WILL YOU STILL MEET WITH ME?

Yes! I do have a traditional office space at 1290 N. Williams St. in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I also provide tele therapy sessions.

I AM CONCERNED ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY IN THE OUTDOOR SETTING. CAN YOU GUARANTEE THIS?

By nature, meeting at a park, open space, or trail may entail running into other people. Unfortunately, there is no way that I can fully guarantee confidentiality when meeting in outdoor spaces. However, I can guarantee confidentiality of your client file and other communication, and will try my best to find areas in which we can have as much privacy as possible.

HOW DOES IN-HOME COUNSELING WORK?

In-home counseling is typically set aside for clients with mobility issues that a may have difficulty getting to my office.  For our first therapy session, we will meet in my office in Denver. For subsequent sessions, I will come to your home at the designated time. I will let you know during our first session if there will be any additional mileage fees over and above my standard rate. During in-home counseling, it is helpful if we can be in a place without other people or distractions such as phones. The sessions are similar to office-based sessions and last one hour.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please feel free to call or email me!


intothewoods.kristin@gmail.com
720-213-6180

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