FAQs

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

How do I get a free 15 ­minute consultation?

All you have to do is ask. Email michellevolztherapy@gmail.com and we’ll set something up on the calendar that works for you.

Are session always online, or can they be in-­person too?

Sessions are online, so are always conducted remotely, using secure video chat. On rare occasion, when video chat is not feasible for technical reasons, sessions may be conducted over the telephone.

How long are sessions?

There are three types of sessions: regular, half-sessions and extended. Regular sessions are 50 minutes long (a standard therapy-hour); half-sessions are 30 minutes long; and extended sessions are 80 minutes (an hour and 20 minutes).

How can I learn more about session rates?

Once we are in contact, just ask and I will email a Rate Card PDF to you.

What is involved in a coaching/ counseling session?

Our work is accomplished through “talk sessions.” Here we have a free ­exchange of thoughts, feelings, ideas, and/or concerns about the issues that are important to you. In order to get the most out our time together, our work minimizes surface story­telling and leans toward underlying truths. We focus on goals and solutions; on making positive changes, gaining clarity, and achieving self­-empowerment.

What equipment is needed for doing online sessions?

You’ll need computer, a reliable internet connection, and a webcam. It’s best if you use earbuds or headphones, too. Tablets or smart phones may be used in place of a computer, but it’s best if you’re not driving or otherwise multi-tasking.

What video chat platform do we use for online meetings?

We use Zoom, a well-reputed video chat platform. Zoom has an app for phones and tablets, too. For more info, visit www.zoom.us.. Login link is provided after the session appointment has been scheduled, and payment terms have been agreed upon.

Is it okay for me to email my coach/counselor in between sessions?

Yes, email communication is acceptable and encouraged.

Do You Take My Insurance?

If you have Out-of-Network Benefits (usually from a PPO plan), I can provide a Superbill which is used to request reimbursement from your health insurance company, for psychotherapy services. Coaching services are not covered by health insurance.

What are the goals of these coaching or counseling sessions?

People’s goal’s are differnet, but overall, we aim to to reduce stress and eliminate negative thought­ patterns by increasing levels of self-­awareness, self­-acceptance, self-­confidence, and self­ purpose. We focus on understanding emotional triggers that cause you stress, defense mechanisms that block you from being the person you want to be, and boundary-setting for healthy living. Common results are: increased focus, motivation, confidence, and determination to accomplish specific goals – in work, in life, with other people, and with one’s self.

Are our sessions completely confidential?

Yes, information discussed between Client and Coach and/or Therapist during all online video chat sessions, and extending to phone sessions, email correspondence, text messaging, and/or US mail is considered confidential and will not be released to any third party without specific consent from the Client, unless subpoenaed by a court of law, or if the information presented constitutes a danger to self or others. Cal. [Evid] Code § 1010

What’s the difference between life coaching and therapy?

The difference has to do with (1) your session goals, and (2) our approach to helping you reach those goals. Here’s an example: if your goal is to communicate better with your spouse, to mend a broken heart, to repair a broken relationship, etc. ­­­that could lead to an exploration of your self­-esteem, your family dynamics, and the belief system you built-­up since you were a kid. That kind of in­-depth discussion where emotions and inner-­truths are uncovered is considered Therapy. Now on the other hand, if your goal is to figure out how you’re going to deal with a life transition, or how you can fulfill your life’s purpose, or how you can become better at something, or more organized, more clear­-headed, more focused, you get the idea… that’s Coaching. Therapy is emotionally deeper, whereas coaching tends to deal with actions in the present. (We don’t flip­-flop between Life Coaching and Therapy; we either engage in one or the other, and it’s something that is agreed upon upfront, in writing.)



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(949) 445-3855

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