Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed therapist, and I’m here to give you some information that’s going to hopefully help you make a decision if we are the right New Orleans therapist for you. And also, if you’re new to therapy, I want to help you understand what to expect. What is this process? And, what happens when you come into therapy? I’m also going to give you some basic information that I think everyone should know about how to help pay for therapy.
First off, everyone and I mean everyone runs into challenges in their life, and we don’t always have the answers. Everyone needs help from time to time and it’s completely okay to ask for help. I think a lot of us feel that isn’t, it makes us weak. It says there’s something wrong with our life, and I don’t think there’s necessarily something wrong with our life, but perhaps the strategies that we’ve been using just don’t work anymore, and we need to create new ones.
Picking a licensed therapist is a great first step. We’ve helped a lot of people move forward in their life in creating those new strategies, and using the right kinds of skills and tools that we have in figuring out how to move forward. If you come in for your first session, we’re probably going to ask you some questions about what’s going on in your life. You’re going to tell us your thoughts, your feelings, your opinions about your life issue, and we’re going to ask questions. We’re going to have a dialogue, we’re going to have a conversation, we’re going to get to know you. And what I often find is when clients have this kind of a dialogue, they get to know themselves, perhaps better than you ever have. A deeper understanding of what’s going on in your life, and: why has this happened?
Once we have that deeper understanding, a lot of clients have great compassion for themselves, and moving forward is much easier. At that point, we can figure out a roadmap to help you move forward. We’re probably going to help you with those skills and tools during your session, and then we’re going to support you as you move out into your life and apply the things you’ve learned in your own time, in your own pace.
A great way to get to know us is to watch some of the videos or read some of the articles that we have on our website. It’s great because you can get to know the kinds of advice that we give. It’s also good because it’s free information, it’s given to you and you probably can find something on our website that you can relate to.
Probably the best thing I can recommend, though, is just to pick up the phone. One of our lovely receptionists will answer your basic questions, and if you want to talk to the therapist, you can reach out, talk to them now. Get to know them a little bit on the phone. Tell them what’s going on in your life, and they’ll also tell you the times that they can see you. See if you feel comfortable with that person, and if you do, and only if you do, make an appointment on the phone.
If you want to help pay for your therapy, you might have insurance, and if you do, you can call them and ask if they have what’s called out-of-network coverage. We can give you an invoice that may assist you in getting reimbursed. You might have something called health savings accounts or flex spending, these kinds of things sometimes people use to pay for therapy.
I hope this was helpful for a start, but I really encourage you to pick up the phone and reach out, and take the next step in your life in moving forward and seeing if we’re the right fit for you. Thank you so much.