FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is used to reduce the symptoms of medication resistant major depressive disorder. NeuroStar TMS Therapy has been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of adult patients with depression who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from 4 prior antidepressant medications in the current episode. LEARN MORE ABOUT NEUROSTAR THERAPY >

EMDR is a psychotherapy used to treat troubling symptoms such as anxiety, guilt, anger, depression, panic, sleep disturbance and flashbacks, that are the result of traumatic experiences. Traditional therapies have met with limited success in treating victims of trauma. Not only has EMDR therapy been proven effective in reducing the chronic symptoms which follow trauma, the therapy benefits appear to be permanent. To date, it has helped an estimated half million people of all ages receive relief from many different kinds of psychological distress. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. The beneficial effects of EMDR are facilitated by an alternating stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Eye movement accomplishes this stimulation as do bilateral alternating taps or tones. EMDR also has the ability to shorten the time needed for therapy. For additional information see www.emdr.com.

Hypnosis can be used for many psychological difficulties. Smoking cessation and weigh loss are the most common uses. Many individuals get relatively rapid improvement in anxiety and depression. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also responds well to Hypnosis.

Yes, unless you suffer from brain damage, schizophrenia or mental retardation.

Absolutely not. No one would do anything under hypnosis that they would not do otherwise. You are always in control.

No. Comedy clubs often feature hypnotists for the purpose of humor. I use hypnosis as a professional psychologist and am working to help you achieve your personal goals.

Addiction is a disease that includes the following four symptoms:

• Craving – A strong need, or urge, to drink or use.
• Loss of control – Not being able to stop drinking/using.
• Physical dependence – Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking/using.
• Tolerance – The need for greater amounts of alcohol/drugs to get “high.”

Yes, alcoholism/substance abuse can be treated. Most alcoholics/addicts need help to recover from their disease. With support and treatment, many people are able to stop drinking/using and rebuild their lives.

Alcoholism/substance abuse treatment works for many people. But just like any chronic disease, there are varying levels of success when it comes to treatment.

Yes. Therapy is a good way to sort out your feelings and discover the truth. Many people with an addiction find it difficult to look at their addiction as a problem. It is also important to remember that you are not alone. Support groups offered in most communities include Al-Anon, Alateen, Nar-anon etc. These groups help family members understand that they are not responsible for an alcoholic’s drinking or an addict’s using and that they need to take steps to take care of themselves, regardless of whether the addicted family member chooses to get help.

Yes, behaviors such as work, sex, exercise, gambling and Internet use can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. However, they can be addictions when the following symptoms occur:

• Craving – A strong need or urge for the behavior

• Loss of control – Not being able to stop the behavior

• Dependence – Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety about having to stop the behavior.

Talk therapy (also known as psychotherapy or counseling) can be an important part of treatment for depression, bipolar disorder or other mood disorders. A therapist can help you cope with feelings, problem solve and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your symptoms.

An awesome benefit of therapy is that it not only helps you understand yourself better, but it also helps you understand other people and their behaviors. When we hold in negative thoughts without processing them, these thoughts become ingrained so that we see the world through those lens – and we make lots of assumptions about others that may or may not be true.

Most insurances cover therapy or counseling sessions. It is best to contact your insurance company to make sure the mental health is part of your plan. Some insurance plans do not cover family counseling.

Most plans charge you as the client a deductible amount or co-payment. The deductible and out of pocket maximums are used for both you medical and counseling sessions. Once you meet your out of pocket amount, the insurance will pay in full for the therapy.

Most commercial insurances cover the TMS Services. The insurances require us to get an authorization for the treatments. Insurance companies will base this authorization on your past medication and counseling treatment history.