Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
What happens in psychotherapy?
How long will it take for me to start feeling better?
How long are sessions?
Do you take insurance?
When do I need to pay you?
What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

During Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy your psychotherapist clarifies and confronts many of your own defenses, wishes and resistances by listening carefully and objectively. As a result, your psychotherapist can analyze conflicts and reactions, many of which you may project onto your therapist, or onto others. These unconscious (i.e., out of immediate awareness) and symbolic reactions cause symptoms in every day life. The more your therapist helps you understand these reactions within yourself, the better you are able to manage relationships with family and friends, the more control you have over your life and the more you can make satisfying choices.

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What happens in psychotherapy?

Although there are commonalities, we are all hard wired in different ways from birth. Some of that hard wiring impacts our interactions with the world around us, including with our parents and siblings. In order to survive, we learn coping skills that get imbedded in our brain and our body. As we grow and mature and no longer need those coping skills to survive, many of us continue to use them even if they have outlasted their usefulness and negatively impact our adult relationships.

One example of this would be someone who has shut down emotionally because, as a child, his or her parents became unhappy for various reasons of their own and maybe even punished him or her for crying. To survive emotionally, that person may have held back sad feelings. In adult relationships, that person may only show a tough exterior and his or her spouse may feel it is difficult to connect in a soft and meaningful way. In psychotherapy, we explore how people continue to use such coping mechanisms that no longer work. Some of those coping mechanisms actually emerge in the therapy session itself and will be noted and explored.

Psychotherapy is actually hard emotional work. Change is difficult because it takes people out of a comfort zone that they have been in for many years, and the change also impacts other people in their lives. The therapy will be respectful of the difficulty that most people have and will be mindful of your needs and the pace that you want to take in making changes.

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How long will it take for me to start feeling better?

That varies and will depend on what problem you are presenting and your commitment and motivation to do the work. Each situation is different. Usually within 4-6 weeks you should feel some measure of improvement. If you are concerned about that, please feel free to bring that up with your psychotherapist.

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How long are sessions?

Sessions are 45 minutes and are usually once a week but sometimes more depending on your specific needs.

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Do you take insurance?

Randy Freeman is on a few insurance panels. Check with your insurance carrier before your appointment. Even if Randy Freeman’s Pyschotherapy practice is out of network for your insurance, you may be able to schedule psychotherapy sessions after paying your deductible.

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When do I need to pay you?

Payment is due at each session.

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What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

Your appointment with Randy Freeman represents a specific time commitment just for you each week and cannot easily be filled with someone else. That means you need to be financially responsible for your session. Randy Freeman requires 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule, otherwise, payment is due in full by the next scheduled session.

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Learn more about Randy Freeman’s psychotherapy practice and her Professional Training & Education.

To schedule an appointment with Randy Freeman’s Psychotherapy practice located in Wayne, NJ, call 973-449-3948 or contact her at randyfreeman71@hotmail.com.