What is therapy?
Therapy, also known as psychotherapy or counseling, involves talking with a trained professional (called therapists) about difficulties you might be having at home, school, work, or with yourself. This usually includes speaking about your thoughts, feelings and other experiences. The goal is to help you better understand, cope or resolve what is troubling you.
At FairSky, your therapist will work with you to figure out the goals of therapy, and the best ways to achieve these goals. Because honest communication is a main part of success, your privacy is important. Specific information that you share with your therapist is strictly protected by both state and federal law. Therapy has been shown to have multiple benefits. And while there is no guarantee of success, it often leads to people feeling better, improving the quality their relationships, and gaining awareness into specific problems.
What are Psychological Evaluations?
Psychological evaluations are a way for people to figure out what’s going on with someone’s thinking, feeling and/or behavior. Through exploring a person’s past and current experiences, difficulties and abilities, issues that are effecting the person’s wellbeing, relationships or performance can be better understood. Sometimes, psychological tests are used to help in this process. Often, a person is referred for a formal evaluation by a physician, school, job, court system or governmental agency. Evaluations can be as short as one session, or require multiple sessions.
What are Psychological Tests?
Psychological tests—sometimes called assessments—are usually structured, evidence-based tools that are used to better understand a person’s thinking, feeling or behavior. Testing can assess general issues, such as looking at a person’s overall cognitive ability or emotional functioning. Or it can be more specific, like evaluating a person’s memory, reading ability, or level of anxiety. Unlike many medical tests, psychological ones are not physically invasive. They almost always consist of questions that the person being evaluated is asked to answer—either by the person evaluating them, or by a questionnaire.
What should I expect from a Testing Evaluation?
Our testing process is tailored to you and your needs. Depending on the reason for testing, the entirety of the evaluation may be as little as a few hours (in the case of screenings), or take multiple meetings over 3 – 4 days (in the case of a comprehensive testing). Usually, the first meeting involves an extensive interview to gather information regarding the reason for testing and any relevant background information. The next meeting (sometimes multiple meetings) involves the testing. The final session is dedicated to reviewing the results and discussing recommendations.
What about my privacy?
At FairSky, we take privacy very seriously. Both Federal and State laws require the professionals and support staff at FairSky to keep things confidential. As a client for psychotherapy, evaluations or testing, unless direct permission is given to release specific information (or on the rare occasion a person is a direct danger to themselves or others), whatever the client discusses at FairSky will remain private. The specific limits of confidentiality will be shared with the client, or their guardian, during the initial visit.
How do I pay for Services?
Most health insurance companies will help pay for therapy, and many pay for psychological testing and evaluations. If you don’t have insurance, or don’t want to use insurance, you can pay directly for services using cash, check or credit card. At FairSky, whenever possible, we offer low cost, or even no cost, private pay fees based on a person’s ability to pay.
How Do I make An Appointment for Therapy or Testing?
If you are interested in making an appointment for therapy, or getting more information, call FairSky’s confidential voicemail at 248-581-8777.
Please leave the following information to help us connect you to a therapist:
1. Your name
2. The service you are seeking (e.g. therapy, evaluation, testing)
3. The name of your insurance company, if you plan on using insurance
4. Which location (Plymouth, Detroit, Ferndale & Ann Arbor) you are able to meet
5. A phone number where you can be reached
A therapist will then call you back to set up an initial appointment.