FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Whereas these two terms have often been used interchangeably, and have a lot in common, they are in fact different. The training in Psychotherapy qualifies ones to provide Psychotherapy and Counseling however, the opposite is the case. Counseling is brief and focuses mostly on single problems whereas Psychotherapy is longer and deeper. Psychotherapy uses a systemic framework where treatment outcomes are achieved by encompassing all influences of an individual from their family, employment, community, religion etc. It is provided by professionals trained to practice psychotherapy such as Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers or Psychiatrists.
How frequent are the sessions?
Each session runs for 50 minutes meeting once a week. Better results are experienced by meeting on a weekly.
Group sessions also meet weekly but for a longer time of 1hr 30mins to 2 hours.
How long will therapy take?
A misconception that people often have is that the therapist is the one who will ‘fix’ the problem for you. It is quite the contrary. Personal motivation in the process and to change greatly determines the length and success of your treatment. Therefore, duration of therapy varies from nature of the problem, severity of the problem, personal motivation, and any impeding factors that may come up.
Can I use my insurance?
Yes contact your insurance company and ensure that they would reimburse for your sessions. You would then make your payments for your sessions but also bring the Claim form for us to complete.
What can I expect at the first session?
This is a very important session that all involved parties need to attend. In this session it is imperative that you come ready and be open to share the problem that brings you to therapy. Honesty and openness are critical for this is the foundation for the development of your treatment plan. Much of the first session will be spent building the therapeutic alliance (relationship between the client(s) and therapist) and gathering of information to facilitate your treatment plan and mutually exploring your therapy goals. It is common to be nervous and apprehensive for the first session however, staff at Recro clinic have been said to have a calming and nurturing presence that has helped
alleviate some of the apprehension.
What if my family member/friend wants me to come but I don’t think I have a problem?
First of, be very grateful that you have a family member or friend that cares enough for you to be suggesting that help is required. Not everybody has that. Now, no one can force you (unless you are a minor i.e under 18years old.) to get treatment of any kind. This needs to be a personal decision because the truth is, if you do not participate then it doesn’t work. The fact that the suggestion of therapy has been made is worth you going to see if this problem they are seeing can be handled in another way.
The beauty of Psychotherapy is that it provides insight from a outsiders professional perspective and give you some suggestions on a way forward. Give it a try!
What if I don’t believe in Psychotherapy or Counseling-I think problems should not be discussed out of the home?
Cultural beliefs are highly taken into account in the field of psychotherapy and are much respected. Confidentiality is held very highly at Recro Group clinic creating a safe environment for the clients and their family members. With that said however it is important to
note that unfortunately, sometimes the home can be a toxic and unsafe environment, which makes it difficult to facilitate positive change. It has however been found that getting a trained professional/outsider perspective can better facilitate change to an already toxic situation. Chances are, you would not be searching the Internet or other resources for help if in fact keeping the problem only within the home was workin
What works in therapy?
As mentioned earlier and also supported by research, the client’s motivation is the biggest factor in making therapy work. Another thing that works is a strong therapeutic alliance (relationship between the client and the psychotherapist). The kind of therapy is also credited to what works in therapy. Utilizing researched and documented theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Structural Therapy, Transgenerational Therapy to name a few; that are all utilized by the psychotherapists at Recro Group clinic.
How can I make an appointment?
One of three ways:
- You can call the clinic on 0717-78-78-07 or 0717-78-78-08.
- You can email us on; firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also fill out the form under the Contact Us tab above and a staff member will contact you.
How do I reach the clinic before or between sessions?
The best way would be to call the clinic and speak to a staff member who will contact your therapist as soon as possible. If someone is away from the phone lines, please leave a confidential voicemail and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible.