JUNO COUNSELING AND WELLNESS

By Vassilia Binensztok, PhD

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THERAPY OR COUNSELING?

Therapy is a working relationship in which the therapist and client work together to understand the client’s problems and generate constructive solutions, so the client can achieve mental health and wellness.

WHO IS THERAPY FOR?

People often think therapy is only for people with serious mental health issues. The truth is that anyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. We could all use a helping hand at some point. My services are for people who need to talk something out, don’t know where to turn, and need a private and confidential space. I cover relationship issues, stress management, life changes, low mood, nervousness, and much more.

WHAT IS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?

I enjoy helping people gain deeper insight into their lives, and grow out of old ways of being that are no longer functional. My understanding is existential, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural, and I use different cognitive-behavioral techniques. I view everyone as a unique individual and tailor my approach to each client. I enjoy getting to know people and understanding what they need and how they could best be helped. Through this understanding, and in collaboration with the client, I pull from a variety of theories and techniques. Some clients need to gain insight into their problems, some need fast, effective tools, while others may need something entirely different.

WILL I RECEVE A DIAGNOSIS?

Because I don’t work with insurance companies, I am not required to give clients an official diagnosis. If I believe a diagnosis is warranted, I will inform the client as such.

IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?

All of our interactions are confidential, unless you are planning to harm yourself or someone else, or report the abuse of a minor or elder. Confidentiality is outlined in my informed consent agreement. I strive to maintain the utmost privacy and confidentiality for each client.

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?

Each session is 50-minutes. Therapy can be used to solve short-term or long-term problems, depending on your needs. We will work on your course of treatment together and there is no obligation. Keep in mind that therapy is an investment in yourself. Clients who choose to come monthly or every 3 weeks, for financial or scheduling issues, find they do not benefit as much from therapy as those who attend weekly. Therapy is a process that builds upon itself and, if spaced out incorrectly, gains could be lost before they are made. It is therefore recommended clients attend weekly or biweekly, particularly in the beginning of therapy. After some time, some clients choose to spread sessions out further. Therapy is like a workout. It takes consistency to make meaningful and lasting changes.

DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?

I offer a sliding scale for session fees. Please call for pricing information.

WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF YOUR CLIENTS? DO YOU SEE KIDS?

I treat all ages, adults, teenagers, and kids.

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

To maintain my clients’ privacy and confidentiality, I choose to work without insurance. This also lets my clients be more in control of the treatment they receive. I do offer a sliding scale and will work with you to secure affordable treatment that is right for you.