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Kerry Ragain, PhD
Common Questions

How can therapy help me?
Numerous emotional, cognitive, and relational benefits are available from participating in therapy. My practice aims to provide relief from suffering associated with depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Psychotherapy can be helpful towards understanding persistent interpersonal relationship problems, family concerns and conflicts, and marital problems. More specifically, benefits available from therapy include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Understanding emotionally driven sources of internal conflicts that are difficult to articulate, or remain hidden from one's conscious sphere of awareness
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, fears, and other emotional pressures that interfere with quality of life
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Enhancing intimacy and satisfaction in your family or marriage
What can I expect when starting therapy?
Because each of us is so psychically different, the nature of each person's experience of psychotherapy will vary widely. A new patient can start with exploring things like the current events happening in her life, difficulties that arise in her daily routine, dreams, fantasies, and memories that arise on their own as we sit together. In exploring and thinking carefully between us about these types of daily internal or external experiences, a deeper understanding of oneself and new ways of looking at things can often move one past stagnancy and conflict. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue, or longer-term to address more difficult to overcome emotional turmoil. We can determine what's right for you, together, in the first few sessions. The psychotherapy process that I offer almost always requires a weekly appointment, and for longer standing concerns that are impacting quality of life significantly, sometimes multiple sessions weekly will be strongly recommended. While it is usally difficult to predict how long a course of psychotherapy will take, I can sometimes offer at least an estimate based on the intensity, frequency, and duration of your concerns.


Do you take insurance, and how do I use my insurane to cover the cost of therapy?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, a phone call to them can clarify what your mental health coverage entails. Here are some specific questions you can ask them to obtain more information:
  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is often not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney, etc.), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.