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Common Questions

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately, I do not take insurance.  Lauren Hoyt, LLC is a fee for service provider.  You will be asked to pay at the beginning or end of each session. Payments are made by cash, check, debit/credit card and HSA cards.  Although I do not accept insurance for direct payment, your insurance provider my include out-of-network providers.  A statement or superbill can be provided, upon you request, if you would like to submit for reimbursement with your insurance company on your own.  Please contact you insurance provider for more details.


What is EMDR?
EMDR is short for Eye Movement Desensitation Reprocessing. A trained professional uses tones, eye movement or tapping  to stimulate the clients left brain and right brain to re-process information, reformulate negative beliefs, create new associations and new insights about self. In short, it is a powerful tool used today by specific trained professionals to help in reprocessing childhood trauma and other psychological distresses. EMDR can be used also to reduce a person's reactivity to urges and triggers with anxiety, compulsive behaviors and addictions. EMDR is usually done in individual sessions. For more information, please visit my EMDR page.

What is PACT or Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy?

PACT, developed by Dr Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT, is a method to couples therapy integrating three cutting edge areas of research.  The first, Neuroscience, is to understand the physiological basis of how partners act and react in relationships.  For instance, some areas of our brain are wired for threat, danger and to seek safety/security.  Other parts of our brain are wired for mutuality and loving connection.  These parts of our brain often get triggered when we are interactions with people we are in relationships with.  Which leads to the importance of understanding another cutting edge area of research, Arousal Regulation or the Biology of Human Arousal.  Here we look at alertness and readiness to engage when we are triggered to calmness, which is more beneficial to the relationship especially in interactions.  And lastly, Attachment Theory which looks at our biological need to bond with others and how early experiences in relationships, such as caretakers, are a blueprint to current relationships.  Insecurities that may have been developed earlier in life may wreak havoc for a couple if their issues are not resolved.
PACT trained therapists look at each partners relationship/attachment style based on early childhood relationships, how they are being triggered to toward feelings of insecurity in the interactions in their relationship with each other, and teach the couple to manage each other especially in distress and conflict. The couple creates a "couple bubble" or team.

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual and personal choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:



  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

 Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

What is an assessment session?

All clients are encouraged to complete an assessment process to determine the extent of the presenting problem and establish the best course of treatment in therapy. Typically an assessment for new clients can 1 1/2 hours and one to three sessions, dependent on the person or couple's issues.

What is the frequency of the therapy sessions?

For most clients, the frequency of the therapy sessions is one session per week. However, if the client is in other types of therapy such as group or couple's sessions in addition to their individual therapy sessions, they could have a week where they attend two sessions. Every individual's needs are different.

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