“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” – Steve Maraboli
Are you or a loved one interested in learning more about mental and behavioral health? Whether you have specific questions about our services at Trading Spaces ABA, LLC or if you just have general questions about mental and behavioral health, our FAQ section may be able to help you.
What causes behavioral and/or mental disorders
Although the exact cause of most behavioral and mental illnesses is not known, research shows that it can be caused by a combination of genetic, psychological, biological, emotional, and environmental factors.
How common are developmental disorders and mental illnesses?
Recent estimates in the U.S. show that approximately 15% of children aged 3 through 17 years old have one or more developmental disabilities (i.e. Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays). Mental illnesses are also very common. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 13% of children and 25% of adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with a mental disorder during a given year.
How are developmental disabilities, neurological and behavioral disorders, and mental illnesses treated?
At Trading Spaces ABA, LLC, we specialize in treating developmental disabilities, neurological and behavioral disorders, and mental illnesses with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Occupational Therapy (OT).
How are behavioral and mental disorders diagnosed?
Behavioral and mental disorders can be diagnosed by trained mental health professionals using different screening tools and tests. If you suspect that your loved one has a behavioral and/or mental disorder, please consult a professional immediately.
How can therapy help?
People go to therapy for different reasons and with different goals. Results can be different on a case-by-case basis. However, some general benefits of therapy include:
- Learning healthy coping strategies
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Managing personal growth
- Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem
- Facing unresolved childhood issues
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new, healthier ones
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values
- Managing depression, self-esteem issues, anger, and other emotional pressures
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?