Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed therapist and I’m the founder of our counseling center in Albany NY. I’m doing this video because I want to assist you in making your decision. I want to tell you a little bit about the kinds of therapists that we are, what you can expect from your counseling sessions, and also give you an understanding of some of the unique ways to pay for counseling that you might not be aware of.
So, first of all, when you come in for your first session, it’s very natural for you to come in and most likely we’re going to ask you some questions and hear your thoughts, your feelings, and your opinions about your life issue. And it’s really great because we’re very interactive. And when we ask questions, it’s a great way for us to get to know you so that we can better help you, and what I often find is that clients get to learn about themselves more through that kind of deep questioning.
Now, if you might have family or friends, some of us don’t always share our deep innermost thoughts and feelings with them, but if you have them, that’s great. What’s really unique about this relationship is that you don’t have to worry about us. We are here for you 100% and that makes it a very special relationship for you to do your work.
Also I want you to know that everyone from time to time in their life needs help. It’s completely natural and normal to reach out, and I think it’s uncomfortable sometimes because it’s new, maybe you’ve never done it before. But it’s a very healthy thing to do, to reach out and get some help from time to time.
We are solution-focused therapists and I want to tell you that because it gives you some indication as to how we work. I mean, we’re great listeners, we’re very interactive, we give a lot of feedback. But essentially, eventually, we’re going to help you develop a roadmap in your life by teaching you skills and tools that are directly related to your life issue and we’re going to support you, taking those out of our sessions and moving into the real world and practicing some of the things that we’re talking about. That’s the kind of therapist that we are.
You might get a better understanding of who we are by watching some of the videos on our website or reading some of our articles. It’s a great way to get to know who we are, some of the advice that we give. I also highly recommend that you reach out and give us a call. With no commitment at all, you can talk to your therapist that you would be seeing in your local area and get a feeling for them, get a sense of their personality. You might be able to tell them a little bit about why you’re coming in. And it’s a great way, I think, ease into this whole therapy process. And, of course, if you feel comfortable with that person on the phone, make an appointment so that you can see if they’re a good fit for you during your first session.
Now, sometimes people pay for therapy using what’s called out-of-network insurance coverage. We are an out-of-pocket therapy provider, but if you have out-of-network insurance, and you can verify that through your insurance company, we can assist you with an invoice that may get you some money back. Also, you might have through work something like a health benefit, for example, a flex spending account where we can give you an invoice and maybe even assist you in using some of those monies to pay for it.
I hope this was helpful. And if you have any additional information that you need or questions, please give us a call. Thank you so much.