Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will my sessions be confidential?

    Your privacy is our highest priority. All of your information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). All of our therapists are bound by the ethical and legal responsibilities of their respective professional licenses as well to ensure that all of your information is kept strictly confidential. Our Privacy Policy forms provide more direct information and will be reviewed with you and your therapist during your first session.

    For our service members, your information is also protected under the HIPPA law, and we ensure that your treatment is held in the strictest confidence.

  2. What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

    A Psychiatrist is Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) that has completed both general medical school, and an additional specialty in psychiatry. While some psychiatrists will also offer psychotherapy, most will prescribe medications where indicated as an adjunct to psychotherapy.

    Psychologists are Doctors of Philosophy (Phd), or Doctors of Psychology (PsyD), that have completed graduate school and residency in the area of psychology, and often specifically clinical psychology. They are highly trained in multiple therapy methods and interventions. The delivery of the therapy sessions, psychological testing, and pyscho-education are their main roles. Psychologists can prescribe medications in only some states with an additional qualification. Most Psychologists do not prescribe medications, but will work in conjunction with a psychiatrist for medication management where indicated.

  3. What is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?

    This is a therapist with a Master level degree in specific areas of counseling. With a focus on marriage and the family dynamics, MFT's will often assist couples and parents with the complexities of relationships, communication issues, disruptive behaviors and ways to affect change within these roles. They use various different forms of therapy treatments to achieve these goals.

  4. How does therapy work?

    The process of therapy is highly individualized. Every client is unique in their life experiences, personality and needs from the therapeutic relationship. At PATHS we will first assess your needs, and then assign a therapist that we believe will be the best match for you. Together, you will agree on the treatment plan, and be an active participant in your treatments. You will be aware of and will have input at all times about your expected course of care, and what the goals for your treatment progress are.

  5. How do I know which therapist is right for me?

    Finding the right therapist is difficult, and often confusing. At PATHS we offer an initial telephone consult where we help assess your needs, and find a therapist that we think will be a great fit for you. After your first session if that fit does not meet your expectation, we will offer you an alternative at PATHS, or 3 referrals outside of our practice that might better suit your needs.