Explore some of the frequently asked questions at Be Mental Health Services.

What will my therapist likely cover in the first session?

  • Go over the intake paperwork and answer any questions you might have.
  • Review basic protocols for confidentiality, scheduling appointments, etc.
  • Find out why you are seeking therapy.
  • Ask about your personal history and current situation.
  • Ask about any current symptoms you may be experiencing.
  • Your counselor will use this information to try to understand your issues and will do their best to get to know you as quickly as possible. Please understand that it often takes 2-3 sessions before you and your therapist have a comfortable connection and working relationship.
  • What to expect.

What do I bring with me?

We encourage you to fill out our intake forms prior to coming in to make the most effective use of your appointment. Please bring your primary and secondary insurance card with you, if you plan on filing with your insurance company. It also helps if you bring information about any prescriptions that you are currently or recently taking.

Should I take medication or go into psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of both medication and therapy is the right course of action.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.

How long will it take?

Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular weekly sessions initially, and then space them out as you see progress.

If I commit to therapy, what can I expect? How can I get the most out of therapy?

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in sessions back into your life. Beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, if you are receptive to “homework”, we can suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress – such as practicing relaxation skills, journaling on a specific topic, reading a pertinent book, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.

Before our first session I encourage you to call your insurance and ask:

  • What are my mental health (sometimes called "behavioral health") benefits?
  • What is my deductible and have I met it this year?
  • Do I have a copay or coinsurance payment to the provider?
  • Do I have out of network benefits and if so, what are they?