Frequently Asked Questions

A good therapist doesn’t give advice or tell you what to do. Our popular media often projects some of the worst examples of therapy. Our therapists don’t give advice or tell you what to do in your life. Therapy is a safe place to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas where you’re free from being judged or told what to do. Therapists use their training and experience to help you discover, restore and empower yourself.

Finding a good therapist is not always easy. No one therapist is a match for every client. You need to find a therapist who makes you feel at ease and free to share whatever is on your mind. Checking your therapist’s background (schooling, licensure, supervision, and so on) can help ensure you find a therapist who is a good fit for you.

We recommend weekly appointments, especially towards the beginning of therapy. It is more effective to do a lot of therapy in a shorter amount of time than to do a little therapy over a longer period of time.

Therapy is a science, but it’s not an exact science. No timetable exists to predict how quickly you will see results. However, talking about your concerns is the fastest and most effective way to address them. Periodically, we will review your progress in therapy and determine any remaining challenges standing between you and your goals.

Therapy has both benefits and risks. Possible risks include the experience of uncomfortable feelings (such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, or helplessness) or the recall of unpleasant events in a client’s life. Most individuals report that the benefits outweigh the potential risks: a reduction in feelings of distress, better relationships, better problem-solving and coping skills, and resolution of specific problems. Given the nature of therapy, it is difficult to predict what exactly will happen, but we are committed to making sure our clients are able to handle the risks and experience the benefits.

Not at all. We believe all people can benefit from some form of therapy. When you’re sad, depressed, anxious or experiencing problems in relationships, it negatively affects many aspects of our lives, such as sleep, physical health and work productivity. Mental health has been long overlooked and misunderstood as only for “crazy” people. Studies have shown that 1 out of every 5 people will experience some form of a mental health problem in their lifetime. It is only now being understood and appreciated as a critical component for overall health.

There are steps you can take to prepare for your sessions. These include testing out the app or software you’ll be using, making sure you have enough privacy during your session, and limiting distractions by closing other apps or websites.

It depends on the person, quality of the technology and the privacy during the session. Some people are surprised after they get started and have said that by the end of the first session, they couldn’t tell the difference. It’s difficult to tell unless you give it a try.

  • Brightways primarily accepts Medicaid, to see if you qualify please check out
  • If you have a different insurance, Brightways can provide you with a “superbill” to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
  • A sliding scale policy is available.
  • BRIGHTWAYS serves all individuals regardless of ability to pay for services. Discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income. For more information, please contact the intake line at 541-904-5216.

We’re Sure You Have Questions

Choosing a path in therapy is a significant and important decision. We’d love to answer your questions and help you decide if we’re a fit.

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