I’ve been to a therapist in the past, how do I know if this will be helpful?
Every therapist is different. Each has different backgrounds, experience, insight, and tools they can offer. I make sure to ask about past therapy experiences so that I’m not repeating something you may have already learned or something that you did not find helpful. I want you to tell me immediately if something I am doing is not helpful. I think it is important that you find a therapist that is the “right fit” for you. Do your research and feel free to email me any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a couple, will you tell us to separate or stay together?
I am neither pro-separation or pro-staying-together. I AM pro whatever is going to be the best relationship for you. You are the only person that can make that decision. I can offer you my perspective as you come to that decision and help you improve relationships overall.
Will you make me talk about my traumatic experience?
Absolutely not. We will never talk about things that you are not ready to discuss and neither will I force you to discuss those things. I am more interested in the present and helping you move forward. If eventually you feel ready to tell me your experience, you have my undivided attention.
Is this covered by my insurance?
If you choose to bill your insurance I can bill directly to them and depending on your policy and plan you would only be responsible for your copay and/or deductible. Otherwise I do have self pay rates. For more detailed information I recommend calling my office at Haus of Clarity (316-927-3010) and let them know you have questions regarding billing. They can answer more detailed questions about policy coverage and pricing.
What about medication?
I cannot prescribe medication, however, I have several referral resources if you are interested in medication or I can work with your medical provider with your permission. Not all people or concerns respond well to medication and we can discuss individual concerns during your appointment.
How long is this gonna take?
Time spent in therapy is unique to every individual. Depending on what you are struggling with and wanting to improve on can determine your time spent in therapy. Few concerns require years in therapy. You wouldn’t see your family doctor for 2 years because of a cold and the same is true for seeing a therapist. It is not uncommon for someone to be in weekly therapy for about 12 to 24 weeks.
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But I need to talk to someone NOW, what do I do?
If you are experiencing a crisis or an emergency, I strongly urge you to call 911, COMCARE Crisis at 316-660-7500, or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
You are able to leave a message at our office 24 hours a day.. Feel free to call the main line at 316-927-3010 and you can be scheduled on the first available time that works with your schedule. Or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
Will I have to miss work for my appointments?
Not likely. I offer morning and evening appointments to accommodate all kinds of schedules.
Are you just going to tell me to “get over it!” ?
I can’t think of a time where that advice has actually been helpful. Most of the time it just leaves us feeling worse. There are much better options than this.
Is anyone going to know that I’m seeing you?
I make confidentiality a top priority. Aside from the front office staff who will check you in for your appointment and myself, no one else will know. You get to decide who does and does not know about our sessions.
Maggie B. Hatfield, LCMFT, ACHT
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How do I schedule an appointment with you?
Call my office at Haus of Clarity 316-927-3010 and let them know you would like to schedule an appointment with me. They will take down some basic demographic information and get you on my schedule as soon as possible.
My partner is the one going through something – Do I need to come in?
I can answer this in two ways:
1. If your partner is struggling with an issue it can be extremely helpful for you to come to sessions as well. When you gain a deeper understanding of what is going on for a loved one you can help them and yourself through tough times. Having support during difficult times is vital to healing.
2. Sometimes people can experience secondary symptoms depending on what is happening. It is helpful when you are able to come in and learn ways of dealing with a current struggle so that it is not so pressing on your life and well-being.
What if I want to come in and my partner doesn’t?
It is possible to see change if only one member attends therapy. Effort from one partner can improve a relationship. If nothing else, you improve yourself, which is an important component to relationship enhancement.
Am I going to come in and just listen to you telling me what to do?
Not at all. I like therapy sessions to be a collaboration between us, not a dictatorship. You are the only person that can tell your story and I want to hear it from you only.
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What are sessions with you like?
Sessions are adapted to you, your pace, and learning style. I am straight-forward and don’t often sugar coat. I like us both to be talking in session and love feedback. I tend to use my whiteboard quite a bit and will pull concepts from multiple sciences. Not every session will be us sitting down and talking. You will learn A LOT. There is a 99.9% chance that you will learn about your brain.