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Common Questions

How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life.

Psychotherapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Psychotherapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. 
What is psychotherapy like?
As every person comes into therapy with different goals, so too will their therapy sessions look different from one another.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor, nutritionist and psychotherapist in conjunction will help you determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of nutrients, medication and therapy is the right course of action. When symptoms are biochemically driven, the nutritionist may also do lab testing to uncover these biochemical drivers. This is an approach that conventional psychiatrists generally don't know about.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks. (From Web MD)

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling or therapy), because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain. The hypnotic state also makes the person better able to respond to positive suggestions. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as stopping smoking or nail biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain. Hypnotherapy is safe because it uses naturally occuring highly focused states of mind to achieve therapeutic goals. The hypnotherapist is not able to make the person do anything they don't want to do. It is NOT mind control!  (From Web MD)


What is NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)?

NLP is an approach to effective communication and healing that uses perceptual, behavioral, and communication techniques to make it easier for people to change their thoughts and actions. NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who believed it was possible to identify the patterns of language,  thoughts and behaviors of successful individuals and to teach them to others. NLP tries to detect and modify unconscious biases or limitations of an individual's map of the world. NLP is not hypnotherapy. Instead, it operates through the conscious use of language to bring about changes in someone's thoughts and behavior. It is used as a method of personal development through promoting skills, such as self-reflection, confidence, and communication. Practitioners have applied NLP commercially to achieve work-orientated goals, such as improved productivity or job progression. More widely, it has been applied as a therapy for psychological disorders, including phobias, depression, generalized anxiety disorders or GAD, and post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. (From Medical News Today)

What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a long name for a straightforward concept: EMDR is a psychotherapy practice that teaches you how to remove emotional blocks and allow yourself to heal. Just as the body heals from physical trauma, so too can the mind heal from mental and emotional trauma. EMDR therapy combines numerous psychotherapy techniques to help you heal faster. Where it can sometimes take years to unravel mental and emotional trauma, EMDR therapy is a helpful treatment that goes through your past issues, into your present triggers, and supports your future mental health, which can sometimes speed up the healing process.
What is Amino Acid therapy?
At its core, amino acid therapy is the use of supplemental amino acids to help balance the neurotransmitters in your brain. Amino acids are building blocks for our neurotransmitters, and usually in under 15 minutes of using these inexpensive nutraceuticals (which are found at any vitamin store), they can often lift the mood, increase energy, reduce anxiety and pain, and help you quickly dose off to sleep. Amino acids are non-addictive and even help people withdraw off addictive drugs and sugar with little to no withdrawal symptoms or cravings. As a Mental Health Nutritionist, Christina has extensive experience using amino acids and other nutrients to treat anxiety, depression, hypoglycemia, acute withdrawal symptoms, and much more.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
The staff at Garden Gate Counseling do not currently take insurance. However, you may have out-of-network benefits and can submit a claim to your insurance for reimbursement.
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:
  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician? 
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (you’re your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
Call (Mr) Jan Veselak today at 303-888-9617. He specializes in the use of hypnotherapy, NLP and psychotherapy to help you recover from pornography addiction, substance abuse, alcoholism, PTSD and trauma, anxiety disorders, chronic pain and self-limiting beliefs. Learn more about his treatment approach here: Serving such areas as Englewood, Aurora, Centennial, and Highlands Ranch, Jan Veselak’s office is located in southeast Denver.
Call Christina Veselak today  at (303) 888-9617 or click here to request an appointment
 She specializes in the use of psychotherapy, EMDR, and inner child work for PTSD, addiction recovery, anxiety, chronic pain and illness and life transitions. As a Mental Health Nutritionist she utilizes integrative nutrition approaches, such as amino acid therapy to address the biochemical drivers of chronic relapse, anxiety, depression, violence,  drug and alcohol withdrawal, food addiction, and  hypoglycemia. Learn more about her treatment approach as a Mental Health Nutritionist here. Serving such areas as Englewood, Aurora, Centennial, and Highlands Ranch, Christina Veselak’s office is located in southeast Denver.


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