Frequently Asked Questions

Will what I say be confidential?
Confidentiality is an important component of therapy and requires trust with sensitive subject matter. State laws and professional ethics require written permission to release information, EXCEPT if the clinician suspects abuse/neglect OR that the client will harm him/herself OR has threated to harm another person.

Do you take insurance?
Yes, most insurances are accepted but check insurance coverage carefully. Helpful questions to ask. What are my mental health benefits? How many sessions are covered? Rate paid per session?

How can therapy help me?
Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits by offering the tools needed to avoid triggers or damaging patterns.

What is therapy like?
Therapy will begin with personal history and an information discussion relevant to the issues. Therapy sessions are generally scheduled weekly and depending on the goals of therapy, can run for short or long term. Therapy will produce better results for those that actively participate in the process. I may suggest things to do outside of therapy such as reading a book, journaling, noting particular behaviors or taking action on goals.



Mike Shelafoe, LMSW