Frequently Asked Questions
We know taking this step towards mastering your mental health can be hard and scary, but the team here at SHARE is here to answer any questions you may have. Review the most commonly asked questions below and contact us today to schedule your free consultation to answer any other questions you may have. We are so excited to work with you soon!
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
We offer individual, couples, group, and family therapy. We currently employ providers licensed in FL but are expanding to other states. Please reach out if interested in pursuing care, no matter your location. We work with adults and minors in-office in Clearwater, FL, or via HIPAA-compliant Telehealth video.
We also offer a free 15-minute consultation to new clients. The consultation is meant to offer a chance to answer any questions you may have about our services and to assess your readiness for change and fit for this practice.
We accept almost all insurance plans (except Medicaid). You can explore our fees and the full list of insurances HERE.
WHY SHOULD I GO TO THERAPY?
Meeting with a provider can support maintaining your mental health, just like going to the doctor for routine checkups or the dentist for cleanings. You can live a more full life and manage the many obstacles of life with the help of therapy. It can assist you in comprehending how and why you're feeling what you're feeling and teach you ways to cope with that experience and learn skills to challenge negative experiences.
If you are asking yourself "Why should I have to go to therapy" then you will not be a good fit for our practice. We only enroll patients in this practice who are focused and "ready" for change.
IS EVERYONE ACCEPTED AT SHARE?
We only accept patients into the practice who are seriously ready for change. We all "want" to feel better but having to be self-aware and accept our role to play in our own outcomes can be quite difficult in reality. We always recommend waiting to engage in therapy until you can ensure you are ready for change otherwise, you will just be frustrating yourself along the way.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THERAPY?
Our therapeutic style is much more active and "aggressive" than the average more "passive" providers. If you enroll at SHARE, be prepared to work hard on skill work in and out of sessions to foster pertinent change. Again, not everyone is ready for this or feels comfortable with that approach so make sure to evaluate your readiness for change before contacting us for services. Those who are enrolled in SHARE services report a positive change within 5-10 sessions.
WHAT IS TELETHERAPY LIKE? WHAT DO I NEED FOR IT?
Teletherapy is when a client “meets” with their provider over the Internet. Teletherapy shares many similarities with regular face-to-face therapy. However, some major differences, both good and bad, include the following:
Clients may easily access their provider no matter their location, as long as they have an internet connection. We have been fortunate enough to work with clients in rural areas where mental health resources may be highly limited or far away. We have even worked with clients who are bedridden due to illness, and teletherapy allowed them the means to access support without getting out of bed.
Clients and providers do not have to deal with driving out to their sessions, deal with parking, bumping into people they know, etc. In our experience, teletherapy has proved far more private than face-to-face sessions.
If illness, weather, or other safety factors are a barrier to services, teletherapy services from the comfort of one’s home can ensure continued access to care.
Internet connectivity issues may cause a “lag” or even for the session to drop. Telehealth providers are advised to have a good strong internet connection to help mitigate this. We have a 1 GB wired connection to ensure smoother sessions.
Providers have less control over privacy on the client’s end. Traditional therapy offices have designated private spaces with locked doors to eliminate disruptions. Unfortunately, a client's family members, roommates, or pets might not understand the need to respect clients’ privacy needs. If privacy is a concern, we can troubleshoot ideas on how to accomplish this so that you feel emotionally safe to speak in therapy.
Meeting on the screen is certainly not the same as meeting face-to-face. (I think many zoom meetings during the pandemic have reinforced this!) This means that providers are more limited in their assessments as they rely solely on what they see on the screen and what clients have written. If you are seeking a more thorough evaluation, I strongly recommend seeking face-to-face services.
To have a teletherapy session with your provider, you do require an internet connection and a means to connect to the meeting platform. Some clients just use their cell phones, while others prefer to be at their computers or desktop.
We plan to open a physical in-person office local to the Clearwater, FL area in 2023.
CAN I DECIDE TO SEE A DIFFERENT PROVIDER?
Absolutely! For a variety of reasons, including the need for a certain specialty, a request for a particular preference (such as a provider of a particular gender or religion), or the search for a better therapeutic fit, clients may switch providers. I advise you to be as detailed as possible about the kind of provider you need. It's acceptable to "interview" a few providers to find out which one will work best for you.
WHAT IF I HAVE SOMETHING REALLY EMBARRASSING TO TALK ABOUT?
Our providers understand you might be struggling with topics that might appear "weird" or "taboo" to the average person. We are trained to approach all individuals without bias or judgment. Our providers are all highly trained on many sensitive topics including sex work, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ trauma, Sex Positive topics, etc. We challenge you to surprise us.
WHAT IF THERAPY DOESN'T WORK?
Therapy works if you work it. It's truly that simple. If you want to get better, we want to help you achieve that goal and we will help you get there if you truly want it. We do not expect perfection but we do expect you to at least try to work the skills outside of your sessions so you can move towards achieving your overall mental health and wellness goals. At the end of the day, you are the only person in control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Are you standing in your own way? Let us help you get where you want to go.
IF I STOPPED DOING THERAPY SOME TIME AGO, CAN I RETURN TO IT?
Yes, and this is actually encouraged! Clients occasionally return if fresh problems develop or if old problems come up again. Some people have even come back after a protracted "leave" only to take care of themselves or check in on their wellbeing. We strongly advise you to seek counseling again if you've previously found it to be beneficial. Alternatively, if your prior therapy encounters have not been particularly beneficial, we urge you to discuss this with your provider (whether former or new). This can help your provider confront what hasn't worked and, if necessary, change your therapy.