Do I need psychotherapy?

Making the decision to contact a mental health professional is never an easy one. When you are feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, and/or depressed, this decision may even be more difficult to make as it can be harder to be objective about one’s need for help.

If you are wondering if therapy may be right for you, you make ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How badly am I feeling?
  2. How long have I been feeling this way?
  3. To what degree is my day-to-day living affected?

This last question is very important as if you feel that your day-to-day living has been affected, you may need to consider talking to someone about your feelings.

You can also take one of the following screens to see if you may benefit from psychological help:

  • Infertility screen
  • Depression during pregnancy screen
  • Postpartum depression screen
  • How well am I coping with stress
  • Alcohol Dependence Screen (Cage)
  • Online Alcohol and Drug Screen

What is Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a process in which a client and therapist work together to learn and understand one’s current symptoms and ways of dealing with people and situations. The work depends on the needs and desires of each individual, but in general, it involves helping the client seeing him or herself in news ways as well as learning new coping skills to deal more effectively with their feelings, people in their lives, and their environment. Psychotherapy is about personal and interpersonal growth, it empowers clients to get more satisfaction out of their lives.

Psychotherapy sessions are usually scheduled on a weekly basis, but can be scheduled more or less frequently, depending on individual wants, needs and financial resources. Sessions typically run 45-50 minutes. Sessions begin and end in a timely manner so as not to impinge on the time of other clients.

Treatment can be either short- or long-term depending on the client’s goals and objectives. Some clients are interested in short term work (often cognitive-behavioral therapy) to address a specific issue. Other clients are interested in exploring more complicated issues, such as difficult childhoods and chronic patterns of maladjustment. Such issues may require longer term work and involve a psychodynamic approach, which entails delving into pertinent background and relationship issues.

Dr. Lefebvre specializes in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Psychodynamic therapy examines the personality at depth, considering how interpersonal patterns learned in the past may limit one’s present life experience. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) uses systematic, goal-oriented techniques to restructure unwanted habits of thinking, feeling and doing.

How Does Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy helps people:

  • Understand their behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that contribute to their symptoms.
  • Understand and identify the life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job or a divorce — that contribute to their symptoms and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve.
  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
  • Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills.

Psychotherapy Sessions

My sessions last 50 minutes. I always start and end on time, therefore it is important to arrive on time. If you arrive late to any session for any reason whatsoever, you are choosing to forfeit that amount of time from the scheduled session. Even if you arrive 40 minutes late to a 50 minute session, you will be charged in full for that abbreviated session. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Initial Session:

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*You may call the toll-free number on your insurance card to ask about the rate at which your fees may be reimbursed for an out-of-network psychologist, including your annual deductible.