What about therapy and is it for me?
Yes. There are many reasons people seek out mental health professionals including but not limited; recent break up, loss of job, feelings of hopelessness, lack of direction, worry, irritability, anger, mood swings, exposure to trauma, feeling like they don't fit in, addiction, abuse, self-harm, seeking help with weight-loss, learning to feel happy and gaining insight into relationships. Daniel Wysocki provides therapeutic services, and we have partnerships with a variety of local providers including:
*If you provide therapeutic services and would like to be listed as a partner, please use the contact form to get in touch.
If you are unsure about meeting with a therapist but still feel like you would like to make some changes don't hesitate to continue researching treatment options. An in-person visit is invaluable to assist with any concerns you may have, but there is a great benefit to improving the basics of mental health on your own, such as exercise!
Self-help books can be great depending on what you are seeking and some examples which have provided benefit to various patients based on their needs include:
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive – by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
If you are in immediate crisis please use the following resources!
Live chat also available
Northeast Arkansas area shelter, crisis care, support
* Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Live chat also available
Live chat also available
Can they help me get an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
Yes, a licensed mental health professional can provide a letter recommending your need for an ESA. This letter will provide evidence substantiating you have an emotional or mental illness which may qualify you for an ESA. However, if you are meeting with a professional seeking an ESA letter, it is likely you will have to attend therapy sessions to determine if you meet qualifications. At the very least, you will be required to spend an hour with the therapist to allow them to be able to write a letter with a verified diagnosis.
Be aware an ESA, is not the same as a therapy animal or a service animal. An ESA is a dog you have on your own and provides you support with your mental disorder; a therapy animal is an animal brought into different settings (hospital, school, etc.) to assist the people residing there with stress management and bring joy; and a service animal is an animal trained to help a disabled person with a specific task. A key difference is an ESA will not be allowed into restaurants, markets or any place where food is sold or served.
As recently as of January 2021, airlines are no longer legally required to make accommodations for emotional support animals. Airlines can choose to treat emotional support animals as regular pets, in which case they would be subject to the same fees and restrictions pets are.
Links to each of the different levels of animal and their supportive roles are below.
****Please be aware!!! There are many websites promising to provide ESA letters that are scams!!! Click contact us or call (870) 333 - 5283 to set-up an in-person ESA consultation.
Isn't therapy just a lot of talk?
Most therapeutic interventions will require communication but this doesn't always mean talking. You may engage in a guided meditative exercise and your breathing will be your communication with your therapist or the intervention may involve communication by your eye movements. Therapy, as a practice, has evolved and involves many different ways to help people meet their goals, but for many patients talking is their preferred mode of communication and how they wish to express themselves. The number of opportunities to provide a patient with tools to meet their goals has grown exponentially over the past decade.
What happens with what I tell my therapist?
Your information is protected by The HIPAA Privacy Rule. As quoted from https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/index.html “The HIPPA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients’ rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.”
However, in regards to a patient requesting a copy of their health records, there are special exemptions for psychotherapy notes (which are per HIPPA definition: notes recorded by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session or a group, joint, or family counseling session and that are separated from the rest of the individual’s medical record. Psychotherapy notes excludes medication prescription and monitoring, counseling session start and stop times, the modalities and frequencies of treatment furnished, results of clinical tests, and any summary of the following items: diagnosis, functional status, the treatment plan, symptoms, prognosis, and progress to date.)
Is it like you see on TV? I’ll lay on a couch and talk about my parents?
The type of therapy you often see portrayed in media is an interpretation of psychoanalysis. This media portrayal you're recalling is likely inaccurate. Yes, offices will often have couches and you’re welcome to make yourself comfortable during session, but there are many misconceptions about therapy which can be overcome by a meet and greet with a local mental health professional.
If you are interested in the history of psychoanalysis and some of the techniques employed, history and criticisms utilize this link https://positivepsychology.com/psychoanalysis/ for further reading.
How long do I have to go to therapy to see progress?
Tough question and there is no standard answer. Some therapies, such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, are directed at allowing patients reach non-clinically levels of discomfort within a few sessions.
However, some patient’s treatment may take months or years before there is a feeling of symptom reduction. It is often cases of extreme trauma which require more intensive and lengthier treatment. This is because the reactions to experienced trauma often have to be addressed through learning relaxation techniques and breathing exercises before a patient feels comfortable and safe addressing experienced trauma.
There are many different ways to treat trauma during therapy. Each patient is different and the help of an experienced mental health professional can be a great asset to improving mental health.
One more answer, some patients do better in a few sessions by gaining access to resources, information and connections to other sources of care a mental health professional may be able to provide. Don’t think therapy will be a lifetime commitment as that may not be correct in your specific case.
Additional information about Solution-Focused Brief Therapy if you were curious about this treatment :
Can I be provided medication?
It depends on the office. Our office does not write prescriptions. If during the course of treatment there is evidence medication management would support your treatment there is a network of physicians we utilize and will provide a treatment recommendation and make a referral containing your current symptoms which would benefit from the insight of a professional who specializes in psychotropics. Our office will only make a referral and the decision will be made by the physician.
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