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How can psychotherapy help you?
In our fast paced world where we serve numerous roles and are frequently over scheduled and under rested, it is not surprising that at times we may feel disconnected, overwhelmed, or as though we have lost touch with ourselves or our loved ones. Often the things that keep being put off for tomorrow involve taking care of ourselves and our closest relationships.
I view psychotherapy as an opportunity to carve out time to refocus and reconnect emotionally with ourselves and sometimes with our children, partners, or other loved ones. Whether a person is concerned about emotional distress, marital conflict, parenting challenges, or a lack of sense of direction and purpose, making the initial call to see a therapist is an empowering step that can begin the momentum a person needs to get back on track or begin a new journey.
I have over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families addressing complex personal, realtionsal and life dynamics including anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, stress management, life transitions, life prioritization, life stress, grief and loss, marriage and family conflict, infidelity, amicable separation and divorce planning, re-marriage and blended families, step-parenting, women’s issues, LGBTQ issues, communication and relationship issues, parenting challenges, pregnancy and post-partum care, and chronic illness.
RWD Psychotherapy, PLLC is a private practice specializing in emotional and relational concerns. The decision to engage in the therapeutic process can, and should, be life changing. I believe in providing the highest quality services to empower, inspire and heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can be hard to describe in a sentence or two, so many people feel it is easier to start by explaining what therapy is not:
Therapy is not advice giving, it is not a best friendship, it is not a magic fix to make all of your challenges disappear.
Psychotherapy is the dynamic relationship between you and your therapist that takes place in an environment in which you feel comfortable to open up and explore your inner self and the challenges you are facing in your life. This unique type of relationship allows you to feel safer in discussing your greatest concerns and provides a foundation for the therapist to encourage and challenge you to achieve your goals and grow to see your greatest potentials.
To truly realize your potential, however, takes courage and commitment to the process, because meanginful change will require you to step into sometimes unfamiliar, and therefore presummably uncomfortable, challenging of yourself and your assumptions about life. The only way to experience something different is to start doing some things differently, and this venture into the unkown will generate moments of self-doubt and apprehension. However, in the right therapeutic relationship, over time you will see positive and empowering changes within yourself and your life.
How does psychotherapy help?
Research and experience demonstrates the effectiveness of psychotherapy, in which we explore and identify core concerns and work to find new answers and healing experiences. Some of the most common reasons people seek and find counseling to be beneficial is to address interpersonal or relationship problems, stress, family changes and conflict, life transitions, and emotional distress (including experiences such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.). Through the therapeutic process, you will become empowered to make conscious choices about yourself and your life. You will have the opportunity to resume authority and control over your thoughts, feelings, actions, and decisions in life. Ultimately, you will be inspired to love yourself and live your best life.
How long will I be in therapy?
That answer is unique to the individual and to the presenting concerns. Some people achieve their goals in only a few sessions; others may be engaged in the therapeutic process for months or years. It is important to continually engage in dialogue with your therapist about your goals and progress in achieving them. If at any point you feel as though you are not getting what you want out of the experience, it is imperative to tell your therapist. He or she is tremendously interested in that feedback, and often some of the most beneficial sessions come out of these types of dialogues.
Will psychotherapy help me?
It is healing to talk about that which is weighing heavily on you. You may have experienced this sense of relief when you have talked with a friend or family member about your concerns. Counseling is unique in that it involves working with your therapist who is not otherwise involved in your life. Therefore, her only concern is your health and wellbeing, and she is able to support you in exploring what will be of the greatest benefit for you and your life. Her academic and professional training gives her insight, tools, and experience to assist you in identifying your core concerns, developing effective interventions, and beginning life changes that are in line with your values and needs and that you will be able to sustain. In this way, therapy takes you beyond your obvious concerns. Often we are readily able to identify that which bothers us about our lives, but we are unable to make a change; we find ourselves stuck in a rut. Therapy helps to identify what is blocking you from achieving your greatest potential and helps you create a plan for living your ideal life. If you are exploring this website, it is likely that you or someone you love has reached a point of being “stuck” or that you feel overwhelmed by your life circumstances. If this is true, it is worth taking the time to call and schedule an appointment to discuss specifically how therapy could benefit you and get you back on track or on the start of your next chapter in life.
What about medication?
For some mental health concerns, the use of psychotrophic medications can be extremely beneficial, and it is recommended that in certain circumstances people consult with a psychiatrist to discuss how medications may or may not be of benefit. However, not all life challenges benefit from medication, and even when medication is appropriate, research demonstrates that the benefits of medication are often greatest when the person is also involved in appropriate counseling.
Furthermore, if the concerns are more than just biologically based, meaning that the concerns involve behavioral or interpersonal challenges, then medication alone will not solve the problem, and certainly will not solve it in the long run.
Therapy, on the other hand, looks to identify and address the core issues, so that people can make effective and long standing life changes.
What kind of professional should I see?
It depends on what your needs are, and in some cases you may work in collaboration with more than one professional. Regardless of which type of professional you work with, you are entitled to know about their qualifications and experience.
As with any relationship, some people may feel like a more appropriate fit for you than others. When relevant, take the time to meet and consult with more than one professional.
Is therapy expensive?
Depending on whether or not you have insurance and the type of mental health benefits it provides, therapy can be a financial expense. What is more, it requires a commitment of your time and energy. However, it truly is an investment in yourself and in your life, and you will continue to see returns on your investment long after the therapeutic process has ended. If you are not operating at your best and healthiest, then nothing in your life can be either. How much are you paying in terms of your energy, relationships, emotional wellbeing, satisfaction, etc. by not investing in addressing your concerns?
What are your qualifications?
I am a Montana Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology, focusing on Marriage and Family therapy, with a Child Studies Specialization. I obtained my MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, California and my BA in Psychology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. For more detailed information, please visit the about page.
Do you accept insurance?
I am a participating provider for several insurance companies. Please call your insurance company for more information regarding their in and out of network providers. It is advisable to know your mental health benefits, including requirements for pre-certification or authorization, co-pays, deductibles, and the number of sessions allowed. Many clients elect to pay privately for sessions either due to limited insurance benefits or not wanting insurance companies to be involved in the management of their therapeutic process. Payments, including co-pays are due each session and are payable by cash, check or credit card. Psychotherapy services are generally payable by your HSA regardless of insurance provisions.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, psychotherapist, counselor, social worker, etc?
A psychiatrist has an MD (Doctor of Medicine) and has chosen to specialize in mental health concerns. A psychiatrist may provide therapy, but often they see clients for 15-30 minutes, primarily helping them in managing their medications.
A psychologist has a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) or EdD (Doctor of Education) and treats clients with therapy but in most states does not prescribe medication. Psychologists with specialized training can also do mental health and forensic testing and assessment.
A counselor, therapist, psychotherapist, social worker, marriage and family therapist, etc. should all at least have a Masters degree in a related field and be state licensed. It is important to know what type of a degree a professional has, as well as the type of clinical training he or she has received. Not all graduate programs include theoretical orientation and training in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy. Most of these licensed professionals can provide counseling or therapy and refer to psychiatrists when needed for medication or to psychologists when needed for testing and in depth evaluations.
How soon can I schedule an appointment?
I have very limited availability for new clients. However, when I do have an opening initial consultations are usually scheduled within two weeks. To begin, clients typically schedule 50 minute sessions weekly or every other week.
How do I get additional questions answered?
If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the office at 406.294.5044 or submit an online inquiry.
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2702 Montana Avenue, Suite 204
Billings, MT 59101
+1 406 294 5044