Frequently Asked Questions
Therapy is sometimes called counseling or psychotherapy and is a process of finding peace and healing. According to the American Psychological Association, “Therapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. A psychologist provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.”
There are many different types of therapy. At Utah Family Therapy, we work with you to determine which options fit you the best. A few of the types of therapy we offer are:
– Talk Therapy – (what does this look like?)
– Intensive Outpatient Therapy
– Couples Therapy
Within each of these types of therapies, there are also different therapy models, theories, and styles that can be used. At Utah Family Therapy, we feel that the path to healing is different for every person and work with you as an individual to find the treatment method that is right for your path.
You are unique! Your therapy plan should be as well. Our team of qualified therapists are trained to use a variety of different data-driven and evidence-based treatment models (such as DBT, CBT, EFT, Gottman, PCIT, IFS, etc.). In your first few meetings with a therapist, they will work with you to determine which of these models fits best with your lifestyle and the symptoms you are experiencing.
In our opinion, everyone could benefit from therapy at some point in their life.
Sometimes life throws us curveballs. You may have been able to ‘get over’ other challenging situations in the past but navigating through a new or recurring problem has proven to be more difficult. There is nothing wrong with reaching out for help when you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or frustrated with the problems you’re currently navigating. If you are experiencing stress, fear, depression, or any other symptoms in such a way that they are affecting your daily life, therapy would be beneficial to you.
Some clients have explained to us that reaching out for help felt like “admitting defeat”. However, we believe the exact opposite. It takes an immense amount of courage to ask for help – especially when you’ve never asked for help before. Reaching out to begin therapy is not “defeat”. Instead, we hope you will view it as a step towards victory in overcoming the challenges you’re currently facing.
Therapy is a team effort between the therapist and the client. Your therapist will work with you to determine your goals and the path you’d like to take in therapy.
Clients can expect the following benefits from therapy:
- Gaining a deeper understanding of yourself
- Finding peace in or resolving the issues and concerns that motivated you to come to therapy
- Developing new coping skills for stress, anxiety, or feelings of overwhelm
- Learning communication and other skills to improve relationships
- Healing from past trauma or painful memories
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Replacing old behavior patterns with new, more constructive behaviors and responses
- Deeper connection in relationships with your family or marriage
- Heightened self-esteem, confidence, and ability to find joy
While benefits are expected from counseling, no specific outcomes are guaranteed. Part of the process is to establish goals and a plan for reaching them. Your time in counseling may lead to shifts or changes in how you choose to view important issues in your life. Additionally, during the counseling process there may be periods of increased discomfort and strong feelings. Many clients find that they feel worse before they feel better. This is the normal course of events for healing and your therapist will tailor your treatment plan to provide you support throughout the journey to healing.
Yes, we do work with children of all ages (individually and within family settings). The type of therapy your child receives will depend on several different variables. Therapists will schedule an assessment appointment with the caregiver before ever meeting with the child to ensure they understand the presenting problem. At this appointment, they will discuss the different types of therapy offered at UFT and will give a suggestion about what they believe will be the most helpful to your child.
For more information about therapy for children and adolescents, check out our info page here or contact us at (801) 901 0279.
Utah Family Therapy Offers several different types of group therapy options. To see our current list of group therapy offerings and openings for registration, follow this link.
Group therapy involves 1-2 therapists working with a group of 5 or more individuals to find healing together. Groups meet about once a week and can be joined in addition to individual or family therapy.
The American Psychology Association explains that “group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be” because “it can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.”
Intensive Outpatient Therapy (aka IOP) is a type of group therapy that meets several times a week. It serves clients whose needs have not been met through weekly therapy. To learn more about IOP, check out our info page here.
We do not currently offer legal services. In the event of legal proceedings, we will always cooperate with the appropriate professionals. However, we do not offer expert opinions for hire or through written letters unless required by law or court subpoena.
We believe that connection is key in finding healing. Negative experiences with therapists can leave you feeling hurt and confused. We want to make sure that your experience with Utah Family Therapy is positive and safe.
We make it our priority to match you up with the therapist who will benefit YOU the most. Our therapists specialize in a variety of different treatment methods and have experience with all ages, diversities, and diagnoses.
Additionally, we like to operate in transparency. You should always feel as though you are in control of your therapeutic journey. If you, at any point, feel that your goals don’t align with your therapist or feel that there isn’t a connection between you and your provider, you always have the right to request a different therapist, ask about treatment alternatives, change your treatment plan, or alter the frequency of appointments.
We accept the following forms of payment for therapy services:
- Cash Pay
- Credit Card
- Insurance Coverage (see our insurance page for more info on specific plans)
- Bishop Pay
We do accept insurance, but every plan is unique in the coverage they provide. Check out our Insurance Information page or contact our insurance liaison to help you figure out what your plan covers.
We are always willing to work with church leaders from any denomination. However, therapy is confidential. The content of the work done in our office will never be communicated to anybody other than the client or legal guardian of the client without written permission.
We do not prescribe medication. However, we do believe that there are some cases where medication is helpful to the healing process. In those cases, we work as a team with a medical provider (such as your primary care physician or psychiatrist) to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Long-term healing, especially from trauma, is almost never resolved through just taking medication. Evidence based studies have proven time and time again that long-term healing requires therapy, even when pharmaceutical interventions (i.e. medication) are prescribed.
You are responsible for cancelling or changing your appointments. If you would like to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please let us know with 48-hours of the scheduled appointment by calling (801) 901 0279.
If you cancel within less than 24 hours, it is considered a late cancellation and you will be charged a late cancellation fee. If you do not show up for your appointment and have not communicated about not being able to come, you will be charged in full.
You can contact us at (801) 901 0279 or follow this link and fill out the form online to schedule your first appointment.
Most of our appointments are done in-person, however, upon request we may provide teletherapy or online appointments for individual therapy.
Plan to arrive at your first appointment 15 minutes early as there may be some paperwork to complete before your session.
In your first session, you will meet your therapist and they will spend some time getting to know you and your current situation. At Utah Family Therapy, we believe you are the expert on your life and experiences, so during your first assessment session your therapist will work to understand your situation and what you’re looking for in therapy.
Your therapist might discuss your options for moving forward in therapy and determine which type of therapy you feel would be most helpful. Then, they will set a schedule with you to meet regularly – this is usually about once a week.
We do are best to connect with you and help you in your therapeutic journey; however, the length of time in the counseling process varies from a few sessions to several years depending on the needs and goals of the client.
You are in complete control of every therapeutic decision that is made.
At Utah Family Therapy, we believe the most important piece of therapy is the connection you make with your therapist. If you, at any point, feel that your goals don’t align with your therapist or feel that there isn’t a connection between you and your provider, you always have the right to request a different therapist or to terminate therapy with our clinic.
You can also choose to ask about treatment alternatives like changing your treatment plan, the frequency of appointments, or re-evaluating the goals that you set with your therapist.