Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we are providers for many insurance carriers. Please refer to the Fee Policy & Insurance and Therapists pages.
We do not accept Medical Assistance, Forward or Badger Care at this time.
Do you work with individuals?
Yes, CFTC works with individuals, couples, and families. Our passion for relationships and connections is the foundation of our practice, meaning we feel relationships play a vital role in contributing to as well as healing client's presenting issues. However, that does not mean that therapy will only work with relationships or focus on them; they are simply a key piece of a larger puzzle. We work frequently with individuals on their own issues as well as any relationship matters.
Do you have evening or weekend hours?
Yes, many evening hours are available, as well as some hours on Saturdays.
Do you offer free consultations?
We will be happy to talk briefly with you by phone or email about any general questions or concerns you have before setting an appointment. However a free consultation hour in the office is not possible at this time.
Can you prescribe medication?
No. We provide psychotherapy services only. Medications must be prescribed by a medical doctor such as your family physician, or psychiatrist.
How long is a session and how long will therapy take?
Sessions generally are 50 minutes long. The therapy process varies in time length given the severity of the presenting issues. On average however, many clients experience some relief and positive changes quite quickly and feel ready to end services in a few months.
How frequently are sessions held?
Therapy seems to be most effective with sessions averaging every 2 weeks. When sessions are 3 weeks or more apart, it seems much more difficult to build on positive changes or to do deeper therapeutic work.
How is couples therapy different from individual therapy?
Couples therapy is challenging due to working with the individual issues, as well as the intensity of the emotional impact the partners have on each other. Therefore, it is vital that we be able to help couples identify the negative patterns they get stuck in as they are reacting to each other. These patterns begin to take over the relationship and make it difficult to discuss even daily matters without conflict or distance. The feeling of "here we go again" is often how you know when you are getting caught in those patterns. Over time of being overrun by these negative patterns, couples begin to feel frustrated and hopeless about their relationship, and begin to feel loneliness that can sometimes lead to anxiety or depression, family problems, or even divorce. Couples therapy aims to repair that bond and increase feelings of safety and security in the couple relationship. When the relationship improves in these ways, the common issues presented in therapy often improve as well, or will now become much more manageable with your partner standing beside you.
Will you recommend divorce?
In most cases the therapist will be the last one to give up on a relationship. It is not appropriate or ethical for therapists to recommend divorce. Of course, some relationships are unsafe and therapists may need to address safety concerns in a manner that may address whether or not a relationship should continue. In general couples therapy is driven to strengthen relationships, and repair them as often as possible. However, in some cases clients may decide that they no longer want the relationship to continue. In that case, the therapist will aid clients with individual issues, family needs, co-parenting, and other matters related to separation and divorce.
Can I come alone to work on my relationship?
Absoultely! Couples issues can often be positively impacted by only one partner coming to therapy. We believe that changing any part of a family system causes the entire system to change. Couples that present for therapy as well will also have individual sessions as part of the therapy process to improve themselves as well as the relationship.
Everyone needs help at some point in life. If we’re lucky, we have the help we need around us, such as healthy family members to guide us, comforting friends and partners to lean on, knowledgeable mentors to teach us. However, many of us are not so lucky to have all of these resources. So when we begin to struggle with relationships, life changes and transitions, we need someone to trust who can help us, such as a counselor.
At some point most of us suffer from some anxiety, depression, and even physical illnesses as a result of these struggles in life when we don’t have enough support. And some do suffer with more concerning mental health disorders where a supportive environment is not enough, and counseling is necessary. There comes a time where people feel stuck, when more help is needed in order to reach our goals in life, and find happiness again.
Seeking help when you need it is actually a sign of health and strength, and a key to success in life.
However, sometimes current problems are triggers that connect back to childhood, or past experiences. So at some point, you might realize you keep repeating the same problems, symptoms, relationships, and so on. Therefore, to change your patterns in order to not only improve the current situation, but to also prevent problems from repeating themselves, we might end up looking at your past.
You might desire more in depth therapy to get bigger shifts and more lasting change. We do our best to respect your goals in therapy. We believe in working as a team with you, so you feel some control over the process.
You must feel safe for any therapy to truly be successful. We will be honest with you when discussing what we feel would be the most helpful treatment, but the decision is up to you. The key to this concern is to be open and honest with your therapist about what you want, and what you’re comfortable with.
Technically, counseling might be seen as less in depth, such as providing some practical guidance and advice. Therapy refers to deeper change and healing. So therefore psychotherapy would be aiming for this deeper change regarding psychological issues.
Psychologists might be masters level, but are more often doctorate level, (PsyD, PhD). They provide therapy services as well, and also are sought out for testing and assessment services.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD) and at this time are the primary resource for medication.