Psychotherapy FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Psychotherapy

Q: What happens when you go for psychotherapy?

A: Typically, in your first visit, your therapist will probably ask about your background, family, and the reason(s) you are seeking help. In the following sessions, you and your therapist will explore the reasons for your distress, how some of it relates to your past, and what you are doing now to keep yourself from getting what you want in life.

Q: How does psychotherapy work?

A: Psychotherapy is a dynamic relationship between you and your therapist. As you talk about your emotional pain, your therapist listens in a neutral and nonjudgmental way and helps you to recognize how your thoughts and feelings are affecting your behavior and preventing you from getting what you want in life. By talking about distress with someone focused on you, you acquire more effective ways of coping with life's problems.

Q: Who goes for psychotherapy?

A: People of all ages and from all walks of life. Psychologists are trained to work with children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly.

Q: How long does it take?

A: It varies. Some people feel better after a few months of psychotherapy and some people feel better after several years.

Q: Is it effective?

A: Yes. Numerous studies have shown that psychotherapy is very effective.

Q: Does insurance cover psychotherapy?

A: Yes. Most plans pay for psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy takes time. Your problems did not develop overnight and they will probably not go away overnight. Psychotherapy many not solve all of your problems but it can help you feel in control of them–not the other way around. Psychotherapy improves your ability to deal with stress, your interactions with other people, and your work performance. Psychotherapy can help you gain confidence and enjoy life!

Contact Dr. Kohutis: (973) 716-0174