Professional Psychotherapy &
Sven Schild, PhD
Call Us: 858-602-2847
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is psychotherapy?
A: Psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a mental health professional who is trained in diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. At the center is the caring relationship between a therapist and a client. Therapy provides the unique opportunity to learn about oneself and to make changes that will allow you to live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
Q: What kind of psychotherapy do you offer?
A: My psycho-therapeutic approach is based on a strong humanistic foundation. Humanistic psychology tends to look beyond the medical model of psychology in order to open up a non-pathologizing view of the person. My goal is to help you make changes in your live that are consistent with who you are. Depending on my client's needs, however, I also use many cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic approaches in order to facilitate change. For example, I may teach my clients specific skills to deal more effectively with their anxiety or depression using cognitive behavioral techniques, or I may help my clients to resolve childhood issues using some psychodynamic approaches.
Q: Therapy is only for crazy people, right?
A: No. While it is true that many people with mental and emotional problems seek out therapy, I view therapy as a psychological and personal growth opportunity from which most people can benefit. Only if we lean more about ourselves are we able to grow as a person.
Q: What can I expect during my first therapy session?
A: For your first session, you will be asked to arrive 25-30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment in order to complete several intake forms.These form will be provided to you in my office, or you may download and complete these documents in the privacy of your home prior to your arrival. (To view these documents, please click HERE). The intake questionnaire inquires about your background and presenting problem and the consent form explains my office procedures and the limits of confidentiality. During our first meeting, I will discuss the consent form with you and answer any questions that you may have about the documents or about therapy in general. Afterwards I will conduct an intake assessment where you will be asked to describe the presenting problem (e.g., depression, anxiety, relationship issues, etc.) and some of your background information (i.e., where you grew up, family relationships, school history, etc.).
Q: How long is each therapy sessions?
A: Except for our initial intake session, which generally will take between 45 - 60 minutes, each following therapy session is 45 minutes in length.
Q: How long will it take to get better? Do I have to come every week for therapy?
A: This questions depends on your personal situation and needs. Some are able to resolve their problems and reduce their symptoms in a few sessions, while others may need to attend therapy for longer periods of time. Generally clients come to therapy on a weekly basis. In some situations, clients may need to be seen more often. Again, it all depends on each person's situation and needs.
Q: What is the difference between a marriage and family therapist and a psychologist?
A: Marriage and Family therapists, so called MFTs, are generally master level therapists. Psychologists generally have earned a doctorate degree in psychology. Their training may have been focused on theory and research methods, or they may have concentrated in clinical therapy and counseling. Psychologists are required to complete several years of supervised practice before becoming licensed. Furthermore, many psychologists are allowed to conduct psychological testing which, due to their training, many MFTs are not allowed to do.
Q: What do we do during therapy?
A: My goal is to create a therapeutic environment that allows each client to reach his or her potential. Clients generally share their concerns and worries and together we find solutions to your problems.
Q: Which health insurances do you accept?
A: I accept many of the major health insurances plans in California. For a complete list of accepted insurance plans, please click HERE.
Q: Are there any downsides to using my health insurance to pay for my therapy?
A: When using your health insurance to pay for your therapy sessions, certain personal information, such as your diagnosis & progress in therapy, must be shared with your insurance carrier. Therefore before deciding if using your insurance is in your best interest, please consider (1) the purpose of your therapy and (2) how comfortable you are with the amount of information that are being shared.
Q: Do you prescribe medication?
A: No. The majority of clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication. Medication is generally prescribed only by medical personnel, such as psychiatrists.
Q: What if I need medication?
A: I work closely with several psychiatrists in San Diego County. If it is determined that your psychotherapy would be improved with medication, I can provide you with a referral.
Q. Do you provide phone or internet therapy?
A: I believe that therapy works best when client and therapist are in the same room. Accurate assessment and appropriate interventions are limited via phone or internet. Therefore, I do not offer any phone or internet therapy.
Q: What happens if I am unable to attend my appointment?
A: If you are unable to attend your appointment, please give at least 48 hours advanced noticed. If less notice is given, you will be billed for your scheduled time. The no-show fee is generally $100.
Q: When do I have to pay for my appointments?
A: You will be expected to pay for your appointment at the end of each therapy session. Fees may be paid via chash, checks, or Credit Cards.
If your question remained unanswered or you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.