Will The Things I Discuss In Therapy Be Kept Private?

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Seeking help in the first place is a bold first step when addressing depression or anxiety. After making the decision to seek help, there may be concerns about own privacy during therapy. Therapists understand that you need to feel comfortable talking about private and revealing information. You need a safe place to talk about anything you want without fear of that information leaving the room. Here are a few reasons why your privacy is safe with Mindful Healing.

First, Privacy is the Law

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains a privacy rule that creates national standards for protecting an individual’s medical records and personal health information, including information about psychotherapy and mental health services.

Second, We Have a Code of Ethics

Psychologists and other mental health professionals believe confidentiality is a major principle in our code of ethics.

We also have five guiding principles:

  • we strive to prioritize the benefits for those we work with,
  • we establish relationships with trust,
  • we promote integrity with accuracy and honesty,
  • we recognize that fairness and justice is entitled to all persons, and
  • we respect everyone’s right to dignity.

What Will My Employer Know?

Even if your employer provides your health insurance, they do not receive information about your health services. There are employers that specifically offer employee assistance programs (EAP’s) which may include mental health programs, but the employer does not receive information about how the employee uses it.

How Much Gets Shared with My Parents?

If you are under 18, there is usually an initial meeting with the child and the parents to establish ground rules, so everyone knows what to expect. The intent is to create a safe space for the child so he or she feels comfortable sharing feelings and information. In some cases, the parents may only want to be informed if the child is engaging in risky activities. If you are over 18, but use your parent’s insurance, they may get a statement of Explanation of Benefits, but they will not have access to what you have discussed with your therapist.

What Can I Share About My Therapy?

This is up to you and your comfort level. Sharing with your friends and family that you are seeing a therapist or counselor is your right as a patient. How much information you decide to share is up to you.

Is Counseling Just for Depression and Anxiety?

The short answer is no. Getting help for depression and getting help for anxiety are the primary reasons why people seek counseling, but specifically, you may need help with PTSD, grieving, pain management, ADHD, or generally feeling lost and needing help with direction in life. We view therapy as a collaborative process with the goal of healing physical pain, fostering insight, developing personal empowerment, and creating inner harmony so you can live as your authentic self.

 

If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with a therapist or counselor,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.

 

Seeking Help with PTSD in Portland

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How Many People Experience PTSD in Portland?

Currently there is no data for the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Portland, Oregon, so the best things we have to look at are the national data, estimates, and other relevant information. Some of the research shows that between 55-70% of the U.S. population will experience a trauma during their lifetimes; and that about 8% of the American population will develop PTSD in their lifetimes, with about 5% of the population experiencing PTSD right now. Current data suggests that cis-women develop PTSD at higher rates than cis-men, though some argue that this is a result of the fact that cis-men are more reluctant to report symptoms compared to cis-women. There is a lack of comprehensive data about non-binary and trans-folk with regards to gender statistics. Additionally, most researchers believe that due to stigma, mental health symptoms are under-reported. If we were to use the national estimates as conservative guidelines, it would suggest that over 32,000 people in Portland experienced PTSD in the last year.

What is the Difference Between Trauma and PTSD?

Trauma is simply an event that is beyond a person’s capacity to cope. Common traumatic events include: violence, abuse, sexual violence, acts of war, and natural disasters. There are many reactions that people may have to traumatic events, and not all result in PTSD. Common mental health issues that arise as a reaction to trauma include: anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, panic attacks, and agoraphobia, as well as PTSD.

PTSD is a condition that develops in response to a trauma, which includes 4 major types of symptoms: intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, distortions in mood and cognition, and arousal symptoms. Sometimes PTSD has other symptoms as well, which are referred to as dissociative symptoms. The vast majority of people who experience a trauma do not develop PTSD, though some estimate that up to 20% of traumatic events lead to developing PTSD.

I Thought Only Soldiers Got PTSD

There is a long and extensive history of reactions to combat stress. Some of the earliest mentions of flashback-like dreams were documented in Ancient Greece, and there have been notations about this phenomenon throughout history. Psychology as a science developed in the 19th century, and in the aftermath of WWI the symptoms of PTSD were listed as shell shock.

As awareness throughout the 20th century grew and began including studies of holocaust survivors, victims of domestic violence, survivors of rape, and veterans of other wars, the scientific understanding has learned that severe reactions to trauma are not specific to combat, and can happen with any severe trauma.

Treatment for PTSD

With a supportive, trauma-informed therapist you can get great results with treatments. No two individuals are alike. This means that you should receive the care that is specific to you. Whether you have experienced trauma or are dealing with PTSD, therapeutic support can be life changing.

Do I Need Insurance to See a Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.