FAQs

1. Is therapy usually only for people who are crazy and weak?
2. How much does it cost?
3. How long do I have to be in therapy for?
4. Is therapy right for me?
5. Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
6. How can I be benefit from therapy?
7. What is therapy like?
8. Why can’t I just take medication only?
9. How do I get started?
10. What is the different between Therapy and Coaching?
11. What is a Psychological Assessment?
12. How much does it cost for a psychological evaluation?

Is therapy usually only for people who are crazy and weak?
Seeking therapy to resolve problems is wise, not crazy. It allows you to get the support and help with personal issues that are common for many people. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It takes strength and courage to reach out and ask for additional help and resources when they are needed.

How much does it cost?
At PSHH, our priority is the quality of care. As far as our fee, it ranges from $1.50 to $3.75 a minute depending on the level of expertise and experience. When insurance is being used, you’re responsible for the co-pay according to your insurance plan. There is a number in the back of your insurance card to call for more information. If you’re a student and/or in financial hardship, then we’ll work with you on a discounted fee as we stand by our motivation of love.

How long do I have to be in therapy for?
Too often, you have heard that people stay in therapy for 10 years or more. At PSHH, we have seen and treated patients who have been in therapy for years and have moved from therapist to therapist without results. Our goal is not to keep you in therapy; it is to help you achieve your goals and have the confidence in yourself to move through life healthy and happy.

Is therapy right for me?
Seeking therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people want to get into therapy. It can be for long standing psychological issues or dealing with problems of depression and anxiety. Sometimes it is to deal with unexpected changes such as a divorce or death in the family. Other times, people seek the help of a psychologist as they want to grow and have in-depth personal exploration.  Working with a therapist can help bring forth insight, understanding, support, new perspectives and strategies to handle life’s challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who has interest in gaining greater self-awareness and taking charge of their lives.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.
We all have challenges in our lives. Some are easier to deal with than others. You may have successfully navigated through some of the difficulties you have faced, but there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support and guidance from someone who can be objective with the skills and training to handle particular concerns.  Therapy provides you with the direction and tools you need to deal with your issues, breaking unhealthy patterns of behavior, overcoming whatever challenges you face and providing long lasting benefits.

If you believe therapy is not right for you, then explore our coaching packages to help you thrive in any specific goal.

How can I be benefit from therapy?
There are a number of benefits from therapy such as gaining support, problem solving skills, and coping strategies to deal with difficult issues. Therapists can provide new perspectives to your issues and guide you in the right direction to positive solutions. Some of the benefits from therapy may include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of self, goals and values
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Developing skills to improve your relationships
  • Changing unhealthy behaviors and habits
  • Developing better decision making skills
  • Finding resolution to the issues that led you to seek therapy
  • Improving ways to handle stress and anxiety
  • Developing effective ways to manage anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Discovering new ways to solve your problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

What is therapy like? 
Therapy is an intimate professional relationship between a patient and their therapist. Each therapy session is unique and changes as it caters to the needs and specific goals of the patients. There may be times when patients are asked to do “homework” outside of the session such as keeping records of certain behavior. Therapy can be short or long term. Short term therapy typically focuses on a specific issue and restoring the patient’s functioning ability, whereas long term therapy addresses more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Some of the things you can expect from therapy are:

  • Compassion, understanding, and respect
  • New perspectives to illuminate persistent negative patterns
  • Effective guidance toward positive change

Why can’t I just take medication only?
The idea of taking a pill a day to solve all your problems may sound appealing. If only it were that easy! Medication may help alleviate some of the symptoms but can also have adverse side effects. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy may be the appropriate treatment approach. However, medication alone is not a long term solution to mental and emotional issues. They cannot be solved solely by medication. Psychological and emotional issues are complex, having multiple causes. Therapy can be at times consuming and challenging. You may experience uncomfortable thoughts and feelings which arise as part of the treatment process. However, it is through the process of learning and addressing the underlying causes of your issues that provides lasting benefit with complete relief and a greater sense of well-being.

How do I get started?
Congratulations!  You have made one of the most important decisions in your life.  That is the hard part, what you need to do now is the easy part.  For therapy, all you have to do is go to Patient Register/Login and choose your doctor. Once you registered as a new patient and fill out the demographic form, all information will automatically be sent to your doctor.  Next, go to the Important Forms and read over the required forms.  You may print them out, sign them and bring them with you to your first appointment.

If you’re a coaching client, then go to Important Forms, fill out the Coaching Agreement and fax it in. A coach will be assigned to you or you can specify a Coach that you’d like to work with in your request.

It is that simple!

What is the different between Therapy and Coaching?
Therapy is necessary when there is impairment in your functioning and there needs to be a diagnosis in order to treat your struggling issues.  Like any medical procedure, our goal is to discharge you once your symptoms are improved and your issues are resolved.  With Coaching, there is no diagnosing or treatment.  Your functioning is at a high level; however you would like to take a particular aspect of your life to a higher level. Think of it as going from “good” to “great.” Coaching is specifically targeted to certain areas your life and goals. For example, Kobe Bryant was great at basketball and Tiger Woods was a great golfer but they had Coaches to help them take it to the next level and be phenomenal.

How long is a session?
The length of the session varies depending on your needs.  It could be a 15 minutes check-in or it could be a 90 minute intensive discussion. Typically, a standard session is about 45 or 60 minutes face to face (including paperwork for therapy patients).

What is Psychological Assessment?
Psychological assessments or evaluations typically refer to the progress of going through a “battery” of psychological tests.  A battery consists of many different psychological tests your psychologist uses to address your needs.

This is different than the assessment that is done initially when you come see a therapist for treatment.  Most therapists will use their clinical skills and interview you during this process but there are no formal psychological tests.

How much does it cost for a psychological evaluation?
Because of the rigorous amount of time and tests being utilized in this process, an evaluation starts off at $2,500 and can go higher depending on how many psychological tests are needed..