Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, We will help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
This is a question that can be assessed during the intake process. This answer may be the same for different individuals and couples. After you go through the intake process, we can then determine if couples counseling, individual counseling or a combination of both would be the best fit for you at that time.
Does the Medication Management program need a referral from a therapist?
Where is the Stokes office located?
We have three separate locations! Two in Naugatuck at 16 Hillside and 18 Hillside Avenue (next door to each other) and one location in Ansonia at 205 Wakelee Avenue.
How long is each therapy session?
Each session will be scheduled for 60 minutes.
Do appointments need to be rescheduled weekly?
No. Once you make an appointment it will be a standing appointment occurring at the same day and time either weekly or bi-weekly.
Where can I learn more about the clinician I am paired with?
We have a detailed bio of every clinician at Stokes in the ‘Our Team’ tab.
How much do I pay for therapy?
If you have insurance, our Verification Department will be happy to call your insurance company to find out what they will cover for your therapy sessions and call you with this information.
Helping individuals and families since 2011