A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that their therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Work toward ending or managing addictive behaviors
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
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. It is very important to have a good connection with your therapist. If you find that you are not connecting well, it can be helpful to discuss this with your therapist and possibly look for a better fit.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress and is empirically supported for the treatment of trauma related disorders.
Some clinicians can be trained in EMDR, which means they have taken the basic training and received some supervision. Those who are certified in EMDR therapy have completed extensive additional training, consultation with an approved consultant, and must continue to learn about advancements in EMDR therapy through continuing education. Dr. Kereshi has completed the ceritification in EMDR therapy.
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 you take insurance, and how does that work?
I do not participate in any insurance panels and am considered an "out of network" provider. You may request a detailed bill including procedure and diagnostic codes to submit directly to your insurance company for reimbursement.
To determine if you have mental health coverage, please contact your insurance company directly.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychologist. 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 will be reviewed in more detail in your first session.
Will my employer know that I am seeing a therapist?
I keep all information that is shared in session confidential, unless disclosure is required by law or APA ethics code. If you choose to share that you are in therapy, and sign a release of information, I will speak with you about what information you would like to share. I keep records as required by the APA. If you have any concerns about confidentiality or your security clearance, please discuss with me as soon as possible.
What is a psychologist?
There are many different types of professionals who provide therapy, so it’s no wonder this can be confusing. A therapist can be called a “psychologist” in the state of Maryland if he or she has completed a doctoral degree and has passed the national and state licensing exam. A psychologist can conduct research, provide therapy, determine mental health diagnoses, and conduct psychological assessments. In some states, psychologists can prescribe medication. Maryland is not one of these states.