Frequently Asked Questions – Welsh Therapy & Associates:

What paperwork is required to begin therapy?

If you’re a new client, please complete the following forms and bring them to your first therapy session.

Client Psychotherapy Intake Form
Limits of Confidentiality/Therapy Cancellation Policy

If you would like us to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information:

Authorization to Disclose Information Form

Note: To download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, click here.

I don’t like to bother other people with my problems. Wouldn’t it be better just to wait and work things out by myself?

That’s like having a broken leg and not going to the hospital. The results are the same – you keep on hurting and the problem could probably get worse. You shouldn’t feel ashamed or scared to reach out for help. Sometimes all we need is someone to listen and give us unbiased opinions about life. We encourage everyone to seek help when they are feeling overwhelmed.

How can just talking make problems disappear?

When you’re talking to someone who has professional training and has helped many others with problems similar to yours, that person is able to see the patterns in your life that have led to your unhappiness. In therapy, the job is to help you recognize those patterns – and you may try to change them. There may be times, however, when you will need a combination of “talk” therapy and medication.

What is your Privacy Policy?

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

How do I know when to worry about my child’s mental health?

All children have trouble from time to time. It is normal for children to have times when they are sad, angry, frustrated, and act shy or show anxiety– especially when faced with new situations. But, when your child is often distressed, cannot be soothed or comforted or is having problems that seem to be getting worse, it is a good idea not to worry alone. Just like your child’s physical health, there is a certain time when you may need to get a professional’s help. Also, if you are feeling overly concerned, have questions, or think that your child needs help or support, it is probably time to reach out to a qualified professional.

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