Why should I seek help from a therapist?
You should seek therapy if you have come to a place of difficulty with a stressor that limits your ability to move forward without outside support. This could include any of the following: strained relationships, an experienced trauma, headaches, trouble sleeping, frequent unexplained crying, friends or family sharing their concern about you, your work performance has dropped, inability to perform sexually, recurrent nightmares, or you feel it is a good idea to name a few. These are all signs that something more is going on that needs to be addressed with a professional therapist.
Are therapists able to diagnose?
Yes. As I a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am able to diagnose individuals with various mental health disorders.
Can a therapist prescribe medication?
Only a professional with a medical license (a Psychiatrist in the mental health world) can prescribe medication. If you feel that you may need medication, a referral to a Psychiatrist in your area can be made.
Do you take insurance?
Bonhomie is in the process of being approved to accept insurance and EAP. Please refer back to the website for updates
What about confidentiality?
It is of the utmost importance for a therapist to maintain a level of confidentiality with their clients to maintain client/therapist rapport. This includes the creation of a level of trust between the client and the therapist. As a part of the intake documentation, every client will be provided with a written copy of Bonhomie LLC’s confidentiality disclosure agreement. This form explains in detail that your therapist will not disclose any information regarding your therapeutic care, with the exception of a few state mandated instances, without your permission. The few instances in which a therapist is required by state law to break confidentiality are as follows:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the proper authorities; to include Child Protection, Adult Protection, and law enforcement, based on the information provided by the client or other sources.
- Upon suspicion that the client is in danger of harming him/herself (to include suicidality) or poses a threat to harm another person.
If you ever desire to have your therapist share information with another healthcare provider, family member, etc, you will have to complete a release of information providing your written permission for your therapist to do so. This includes those participating in couples and family therapy.
How do I begin seeing a therapist?
Please visit the ‘Get Started’ tab in order to begin services with Bonhomie, LLC. Please prepare for initial appointment by completing the intake documents under the ‘Schedule a Session’ tab. This will streamline your first appointment, allowing you to focus during your session.
What can I expect from my first session?
The aim of this first (and sometimes second) appointment is to determine if I am a good fit for you. The client should attend the first session and may bring a person for support if needed. In some circumstances I may ask the support to step out for your privacy, or to assist with our relationship building. You can expect to be welcomed in by a warm and friendly therapist that will do their best to make you feel comfortable. We will take the time to get to know you and your needs to identify and create a plan of care specific to your needs. If it is determined that I am a good fit for you, you will be given an opportunity to schedule a follow up appointment. If I am not a good fit, referrals and alternative options will be discussed.
How long will this take?
Approximately one and a half hours to two for an initial session, and 50 minutes for an ongoing session. It could take more or less time depending on your need and history.