What is the length of time therapy usually lasts?
The length of time an individual participates in therapy varies. Factors that influence this would include: an individual's motivation, depth of problem, external and internal resources, and response to treatment. Some individuals may respond quickly to therapy and may need only a few sessions. Others may have more complicating factors that would necessitate therapy lasting longer.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions usually last 50 minutes. The first session may take a little longer.
How much does it cost?
Most therapy is covered by insurance [see MCG's insurance section]. You may have a deductible or copayment which varies with each insuance and insurance plan. Check with your insurance company to see what your benefits are. If you are not sure how to access your benefits, you can contact us and we will assist you.
Who else will know that I am going to therapy?
Your participation in therapy will be kept confidential. What you say to your therapist stays between the two of you. Unless your permission is received in writing, your therapist will not be able to even acknowledge that he or she is meeting with you. This is your right according to Federal and State laws and by the governing body of Social Workers. The only exceptions to this are when there is a threat to yourself, threat to others, child or elderly endangerment, or court subpoenas.
What usually takes place in sessions?
Usually the first session covers a lot of general information your therapist needs to know. The therapist will ask many questions to get an indication of your areas of concern, how long these have been an issue, family background and history, support systems, and other information that might prove helpful in evaluating your problem. Your therapist will be taking notes during the first session. Subsequent sessions will be more interactive. You may be given handouts and/or assignments to further educate you and provide you with more resources to address your problem.
Who should attend the first session?
It is recommended that all parties involved attend the first session. If you are coming for couple counseling, both partners should attend. The same would apply for parent child concerns. This would allow everyone to feel like they are starting on equal footing. Each party will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns with everyone present. There may be exceptions in cases involving young children. Other situations could involve exceptions to this as well. Please check with your therapist if you have questions about this.
Myers Counseling Group Social Media Policy
Myers Counseling Group is on several social media sites. We offer information on mental health and related issues. This information is not meant to replace therapy but present more information on topics you could find helpful. The various social media sites are not interactive for Myers Counseling Group subscribers. I will not reply to questions submitted through these sites. If you have questions or comments we can discuss them in session.
To maintain client confidentiality and to maintain boundaries in our therapeutic relationship, I will not accept requests to friend or be friended, offer fanning or following. You are more than welcome to access my information and postings via RSS without creating a visible profile or link to my page. My social media forums are visible for anyone and do not require sign ups. I post information on my Facebook wall that does not require a following.
As my client I do not expect or require you to follow me. My feeds from twitter are posted on my website in the blog section. If you follow me on twitter that is by your own choice. It will also have no bearing on our therapeutic relationship.
Any correspondence we have via email will be limited in nature. I will not discuss clinical information in these correspondences. Relative information will be discussed in session and email exchanges will be limited to billing and appointment questions. Also be aware that email correspondences can become a part of your clinical record.
Myers Counseling Group is registered on sites such as Healthgrades, Yahoo, and Yelp. These are sites used to evaluate providers. Any information you decide to post on these sites is by your own volition. I do not solicit nor discourage your feedback on these sites.
Myers Counseling Group
300 Memorial drive, Suite 200 Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815)308-3368