Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is therapy right for me? 

In short, yes! You should think of mental health as just as important as your physical health.  You wouldn't refuse yourself treatment for a broken bone, right? It's not fair to expect yourself to manage after sustaining an emotional injury either. Therapy can act as a cast, providing you with safety and support while you rebuild your strength. 

Q. What can I expect during the first appointment? 

The first appointment will last 45-50 minutes and will include:

- Reviewing confidentiality and practice policies
  
 
- Collecting a comprehensive personal history 
 
- Getting to know you and what you would like to work on in therapy 
You will receive the initial paperwork ahead of time electronically. When you arrive, make yourself comfortable in our waiting room and I will be out to greet you for your appointment. 

Q. How long will I be in therapy? 

The therapeutic process is incredibly unique, there is no one-size-fits all. Length of treatment will vary per person and per therapeutic goal. Typically, weekly sessions are recommended at the onset of treatment, with decreased frequency as progress is made. 

Q. Do you accept insurance?

While I do not accept insurance directly, I am considered an "out-of-network" provider. The full session fee is due at the time of service, however I will provide you with a receipt of services, which you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.  I recommend you ask your insurance provider if your policy includes "out of network" benefits for mental health. 

Q. Is It Normal Teenage Angst Or Is Something Deeper Going On?
Almost all teenagers encounter insecurities, family conflict and a roller coaster of emotions to some degree during their development. It’s normal to rebel a little, seek independence from moms and dads and place a lot of attention on friends and self-image. It’s uncommon, however, when behaviors become destructive. If your teen is experiencing issues that are impacting their ability to function well within one or more areas (school, home, peer relationships), getting help now can be critical.

Q. What if my teenager refuses to go to counseling?
First, finding the right therapist is key and your child should be an integral part of that process. It’s important to find a therapist who specializes in teen counseling and who also is a good fit for your teen’s unique personality. You may let your teen know that they will be seeing a therapist – non-negotiable – but empower them with the opportunity to choose a clinician. Also, the initial meeting usually softens your teen’s resistance to therapy and helps them see their therapist as an ally, not a threat.

 

Contact Me

Contact me today to schedule your complimentary phone consultation.

Samantha Brustad, Psy.D. 

9887 4th Street N 

Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

 

727-379-2807

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Dr. Samantha Brustad, Psy.D. 

9887 4th Street N Suite 319

Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

727-379-2807