FAQ’s & Policies

The following are the typical questions/concerns people have when seeking therapy. If something is not covered here, please feel free to email me directly at jamila.m.dawson@gmail.com

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

There’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

What is therapy like?

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

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your psychiatrist/medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Is what we discuss in therapy kept 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 usually 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), 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 threatened to harm another person.

Reduced Fee
Reduced fee services are available on a sliding scale in certain circumstances.

Payment
Cash and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. I can provide a superbill but I do not take insurance at this time.

Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay half the cost of the session.