Frequently asked questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is Experiential Therapy?

Experiential therapy is a type of mental health treatment that helps people deal with past events and apply life lessons to their current situations. It  integrates hands-on and/or interactive activities with talk therapy.

Experiential therapy isn’t just about experiencing something in the here-and-now. Taking part in these activities may bring up intense emotions which your therapist can help you process in a healing and freeing way. Through experiential therapy people confront fears, insecurities, feelings of failure, and buried sadness. People are also able to work on whatever challenges and struggles are currently plaquing them.

Simply participating in the experiences releases positive endorphins and encourages feelings of success and confidence. You can imagine how powerful these experiences become when those feelings are used in conjunction with talk-therapy to address underlying struggles and challenges in your life.

Simply put, experiential therapy can greatly enhance and speed up the process of traditional talk therapy. In addition, experiential therapy helps clients develop coping skills to help them thrive when facing future challenges.

How is Experiential Therapy different than regular talk therapy?

Whereas talk therapy is usually conducted while sitting in a room with a therapist, Experiential therapy includes a hands-on or interactive element. Although these experiences might be as simple as walking a trail or snow-shoeing while engaging in talk therapy, the simple act of moving increases your heart rate, gets your blood pumping, and helps clear your head. These minute functions can greatly change  thinking processes, improve overall well-being, and empower clients with confidence to make needed changes.

It is argued that one of the greatest benefits of mixing Experiential therapy and talk therapy is that clients develop coping skills to aid in future challenges.

Is Experiential Therapy safe?

Our Providers are committed to on-going training which specifically covers how to keep clients (and themselves) physically, emotionally, and mentally safe.
Our providers will ask clients if they feel comfortable with a given experience. If at anytime during the experience the client does not feel safe (in any manner) they should notify their provider immediately.

Experience Mental Wellness’ policy is that no Provider will knowing force or allow a client into a situation in which their safety is jeapordized.

How will I benefit from Virtual Reality Therapy?

Virtual Reality Therapy has shown incredible benefits to a large variety of disorders and challenges. Some of these are:

PTSD
ADHD / distracted behaviors
Anxiety
Specific Anxieties:  OCD, public speaking, flying, snakes, spiders, needles, heights, & several others
Addictions
Eating Disorders
Develop De-Stress techniques
Relaxation techniques
Forgiveness (through mindfulness)
Acceptance

Virtual Reality is so effective because it immerses the user in a life-like environment that either promotes wellness, or exposes the user to their fears, while allowing them to build coping skills and rationalities while being in no real danger.

The technology used here at Experience Mental Wellness is highly innovative and allows Providers to track the user’s bio-responses. The real-time data gathered from sweat and heartrate help the provider adjust the exposures to be heightened or lessened to help the client completely work through their struggles; regardless of how far advanced they are in their treatment plan.

The only clients we have ever met who have not been able to benefit from Virtual Reality Therapy are clients with EXTREME motion sensitivity. There truly is a Virtual Reality treatment for nearly everyone.

 

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5421394/

What ages do providers work with?

Due to the nature of experiential therapy, as well as the unpredictability of very young children, Experience Mental Wellness has chosen to work with of population from Teens and older, or roughly 14+. We do recognize that some tweens may be mature enough for this type of therapy to be effective and safe, and will gladly speak with the parents to determine if an Intake Session would be advisable.

THERAPY QUESTIONS

What is the difference between Individual and Group sessions?

INDIVIDUAL
Individual sessions are for an individual person OR one “couple.”
When a couple is seeking therapy, the relationship is the client; thus, a couples session would be considered as, and billed as, an individual session.

 

GROUP
A group session has 3-4 clients involved.  A group is created due to a common concern or struggle that is being focused on; thus, all participants will be working towards healing /progress in the same general area.
A group will never have more than 4 clients, or less than 3. Groups are actually quite therapeutic and healing as clients can greatly benefit from seeing others struggling with similar concerns.

I don't see Couple therapy listed - how do I book it?

When a couple is seeking therapy, the relationship is the client; thus, a couples session would be considered as, and billed as, an individual session.

When will new groups be started?

Our providers desire to hold group sessions, but can only facilitate a group session if there are enough clients who would benefit from group sessions for the same general topic.

If you would like to participate in a group, but do not see one that is a good fit for you, please contact the receptionists so we can begin a “List of Interest.”  As soon as we get enough clients interested, we will gladly begin a new group therapy session.

How long are therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long. The provider has 10 minutes in between each session to prepare any needed tools for the next client

Can I bring anyone with me to my session?

Because of the nature of experiential therapy, we highly discourage clients from bringing young children or others with them to their session. If people accompany you on your session your Provider may choose to either cancel the session ($30 re-schedule fee will apply) or move your session indoors and conduct a traditional talk therapy session.

There are a few rare cases when bringing someone to your therapy session might be beneficial. If you feel this is the case, contact your provider and discuss this with him/her.

EXCEPTION: A few of our providers work with older children and young teens. In these situations the Provider will need to speak with the parents of the minor on regular occasion. The Provider will discuss with the guardians how often those discussions will need to occur.

PRICING & BILLING

I have questions about Insurance, Pricing, Billing, & Superbills

Great! We have answers for you!

In fact we have an entire FAQ section dedicated solely to financial questions. Go to the PRICING page and scroll down to the BOTTOM of the page. After reading through the paragraphs listed and the FAQ section, if you still have questions please don’t hesitate to call our receptionists

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