Frequently Asked Questions About Psychotherapy

Is Psychotherapy Right for Me?

The goals and benefits of psychotherapy vary depending on many factors. Therapy can be a time to learn more about yourself and your relationships, to clarify thoughts, feelings, and alternatives. It can be an opportunity to talk about the present, understand the past, and to look at behaviors that, on the surface, don’t seem to make any sense.

If this is your first time seeking psychotherapy you may feel a bit nervous. This is certainly understandable. Talking about personal issues with someone you don’t know can be initially uncomfortable. I hope you’ll feel free to talk with me about whatever is on your mind. Any concerns, feelings or problems are appropriate to discuss in your first session or, as you feel more at ease, in future sessions.

There will be days when you leave therapy feeling better. At other times, you could feel worse. Both reactions are common. Try to remember that sticking with difficult topics often leads to meaningful change.

My commitment to you is to create an open, safe, and confidential setting where you feel free to discuss whatever is on your mind. I am committed to working with you toward a better understanding of yourself and improving the quality of your relationships.

Do You Accept Insurance?

It’s best to check with your insurance carrier to see if you have outpatient mental health coverage. If you have coverage, find out if you have met your deductible and about your co-pay. I do not accept credit or debit cards.

Please feel free to discuss any financial concerns with me at any time during your therapy.

Is Therapy Confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. I will not disclose information about you without your prior written permission.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse
  • In a situation where a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself

Contact Me

Loren Buckner, LCSW
(813) 915-0076
2901 W. Busch Blvd #916
Tampa, Florida 33618