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Common Questions

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Is Naturopathic Medicine and Counseling  right for me?

Seeking out natural methods of support for your life journey is a wise choice. In general, I work with patients who are already receiving western medicine support and who wish to add to the options that can help them as a whole person.

As a health coach I can help you with choosing the items that you'd like to have on your Health Menu. You may already be seeing a psychotherapist or other mental health specialist. I have a menu of focused services that I can provide for individuals who are under the care of a therapist for a DSM mental health condition. [See Referral Menu]


The services I provide can help improve your feelings of wellbeing, or we can begin exploring what physical or physiological factors may be affecting your health both physical and mental.   Note: I am dedicated to listening to you and supporting your choices; I do not push either a pessimistic or a "positive-thinking-only" approach. I will support whatever are your deepest beliefs. Hospice and end-of-life enrichment can be seen as positive and meaningful for you and your family. 
 

What Conditions do you treat, Dr. Wilson? [Check with me regarding which state you live in regarding which of my licenses or certificates would be most useful in creating a Health Menu for your most effective learning about your options.]


Regarding medical disease labels: My training is in primary care with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, masters degree in Acupuncture, and certificates in 1) Spirituality, Health & Medicine, 2) FlexAware® Fitness/Neuro-Rehab, and 3) Post-Combat Behavioral Health. Because of my experience with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) I generally prefer to not advise about or treat specific named medical diseases.  I coach or treat the person, not a disease label

This means that when I work with a client/patient it does not matter what is their official medical diagnostic label. I find that usually there is some degree of imbalance in overall health and so I work with the individual so they can free their own healing power. I do not use prescription medications. When appropriate I work with another practitioner such as medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, biological dental, psychologist, psychotherapist, Family Constellation facilitator or other.
 

Dr. Wilson, what nutritional supplements do you recommend?

A major factor in maintaining health is the quality of the foods and nutritional components that a person eats and absorbs daily. After my 30-plus years in the health care field I've developed a personalized way of working with patients to help them find out what works for them. 


The following text is provided by TherapySites.com for individuals who are seeking therapy for what are known as DSM class psychological or mental disorders. You and I can discuss how you may benefit from seeking the positive relationship with a psychotherapist to be an addition to what I provide to your overall Health Menu. 

 

[Regarding psychotherapy and mental illness:]

Is therapy right for me?


Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.


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. Therapy 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.


How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. 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. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or 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


What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance


Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. 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.


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • 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?


Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

 

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