FAQ


Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe following are the most commonly asked questions about mental health and the services Chrysalys provides. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer your query.

 

What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a form of professional therapy that helps provide support and enhances problem-solving and coping skills for issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, relationship issues, family conflict, stress, reduced productivity and bereavement.

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Do I need psychotherapy?
When an individual is asking this question, it is a good indication that a person is willing to make a change or make some improvement in their lives. Psychotherapy is very productive when a person realizes that they need to make certain changes in their lives in order to manage their personal difficulties more effectively.

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How can psychotherapy help me?
People come into psychotherapy for various reasons. Some need to respond to a sudden crisis in their lives, some work on unresolved past issues affecting their present lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When you experience guilt, self-doubt, anxiety or despair, psychotherapy can benefit you. Many people find psychotherapy to be a tremendous asset in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family issues and the hassles of daily life.

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I have been advised to seek psychotherapy. Does that make me weak or ill?
Absolutely not! However, at first you may feel angry or defensive if your employer, family member or friend has advised you to see a psychologist. But remember that psychotherapy is only a means to help you develop adaptive skills. You are still in charge; you are the one who will be making changes in their lives and that does not make you weak or ill. Instead, that makes you a strong-willed person who wants to make a difference in their lives, for the better.

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Is psychotherapy confidential?
Any information you provide the therapist is completely confidential and is not shared with anyone. However, in case of imminent self-harm or physical harm to others, the therapist is legally required to contact relevant authorities to reduce risk to the client and others.

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How is talking to a psychologist any different from talking to a friend or close family member?
Having a good friend or close family member to talk to equates to a good social support system. Your friend or family member will be able to listen to your problems and advise you based on their life experiences, however, such advice may or may not suit your own situation.

On the other hand, a psychologist is a trained professional who is not only empathetic towards you and your problems, but also gives you a fresh perspective on understanding and resolving them. A psychologist also encourages you to take responsibility for your actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in your life. Additionally, you may want to keep your problems away from your friends or family, and may want to discuss it with a professional without fearing repercussions or judgments.

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How will I know if you are the right psychologist for me?
Psychotherapy is a deeply intimate and sometimes a vulnerable experience. Success in psychotherapy is greatly influenced by the relationship between therapist and client. Thus, it is important that you feel safe, secure, supported and understood. However, if you are unable to establish a connection with your psychologist by the second or third session, you may benefit from finding another psychologist more suitable for you.

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What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A psychologist is a professional trained in psychotherapy and psychological testing. Whereas, a psychiatrist is a physician trained in prescribing psychotropic medications. Most psychiatrists do not provide psychotherapy, but instead refer clients to psychologists. Psychologists and psychiatrists often work as a team for the betterment of their clients.

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I am a working professional with very hectic schedule. How will I be able to find the time for psychotherapy?
In today’s world, erratic working hours are becoming the norm. Taking time out for oneself may prove to be difficult in such a situation. Chrysalys provides psychotherapy sessions to its clients 6 days a week allowing them to find convenient time slots.

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How long does a session last?
Expect your first session to last from one to two hours. Consequent sessions are of one hour each. In some cases, when a client requests to have extended sessions, two sessions can be combined on the same day.

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How many sessions will I need?
Every person responds in their own way to psychotherapy. Some people progress rapidly into therapy, while others hold onto thoughts or feelings that need to be explored more thoroughly. This difference in individuals may proportionally increase or decrease time in therapy.

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How frequently should I take psychotherapy sessions?
One session a week is a good start for addressing your issues. However, some people choose to focus more intensively and may require two sessions in a week or an extended session of two hours once a week.

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What are the different modes of therapy you provide?
Sometimes it can be difficult to manage sessions consistently due to hectic work schedules, congested traffic and long travel distances. This is why Chrysalys brings to you the convenience of flexible hours for in-person consultation. In some exceptional cases, Skype sessions can be offered.

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What is the fee structure for psychotherapy?
Sessions are charged Rs. 1000 for every hour. Any extra time is calculated and charged accordingly.

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What are the modes of payment you accept? When do I need to make payments?
Cash, bank transfers and bank deposits are accepted modes of payment. Prior payment is required for online as well as in-person sessions. For in-person sessions, if paying by cash, you can pay on the same day as the session.

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How can I book an appointment?
You can contact me via email or phone to book a session.

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We all need help sometimes to embrace changes. And when you do, you need an empathetic listener who understands you and helps you discover your path. Please browse through the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information or contact me for a consultation.


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