Q&A: Therapy Sessions

Q: When should I book an appointment?

A: When you feel like life is getting too heavy to deal with on your own.

This look like feeling anxious, unable to face negative emotions or thoughts, finding it difficult to sleep, having relationship problems or feeling overwhelmed at work. In therapy, we create a treatment plan according to your needs, that evolves as you do.

Q: How often should we meet?

A: We should meet up once a week.

If you need more support, we can meet up twice a week – I do not suggest more than this. If once a week doesn’t make sense for you, we could do once every two weeks – I also do not suggest longer periods apart. We get the best results from therapy when there is consistency.

Q: Will you prescribe medication?

A: No.

I’m a psychologist. Only a psychiatric can prescribe medication. I can however speak to your GP if you would like.

Research generally suggests that psychotherapy is more effective than medications. However, this is not always the case for certain disorders – where adding meditation to a psychotherapy treatment plan may improve the outcomes.

Q: How does it work with insurance?

A: As a private practice, many Dutch health insurances do not cover my mental health services. However some international health insurances do.

This works in our favour during therapy. If I were affiliated with a Dutch health insurance provider, we would be more limited – by the number of sessions we could have and the type of treatment protocols. Plus, private practices typically have shorter waiting-lists.

Please carefully check your insurance to see if there are any reimbursements available for you.

Q: What’s your cancellation policy?

A: If you can’t make it to our meeting, please let me know 48 hours (2 days) before.

Any cancelations less than 48 hours (2 days) before the session, or any no-shows, will be charged the full session rate. I also need a 48 hours (2 days) notice if you would like to make an in-person session to be held online, or an online session to be held in-person.

Q: When does the therapy end?

A: We end therapy when your therapeutic objectives are met. You can also stop the therapy at any point.

You are free to stop therapy whenever you would like, just as you are free to start it. I suggest stopping once you observe that your therapeutic objectives have been met.

Q: Are the sessions confidential?

A: Absolutely.

The only exception is if you pose a danger to either yourself or others.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me!

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