Common Questions

When Seeking Therapy

How Can Therapy Help Me?

There are numerous benefits available from participating in therapy. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, grief/loss, stress management, body image issues and identity development. Many people also find that therapy can be a tremendous benefit in gaining personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family problems, relationship issues, and the struggles of daily life. Therapy can provide a new 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:

  • Finding resolution to the problems or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Obtaining a greater understanding of yourself, your goals and values

  • Learning new strategies to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Reducing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures

  • Working through Grief/Loss

  • Improving communication skills

  • Changing unhelpful behavior patterns and developing healthier ones

  • Problem solving skills related to family or relationship concerns

  • Improving your self-esteem and overall self-worth

Does What We Talk About In Therapy Remain Confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent.” Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Family member, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.


However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming themselves or has threatened to harm another person.

What Is Therapy Like?

Because each person has unique issues and goals for therapy, your experience will also be unique. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Some people only desire a few sessions, while others desire an ongoing therapeutic relationship in their life. When starting, weekly sessions may be more helpful until your distress decreases. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist.


  • Weekly

  • Bi-weekly

  • Monthly


It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you create active change outside of therapy from skills/ awareness you gain in sessions. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a relevant book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   

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Do You Take Insurance?

I am currently in-network with BCBS PPO, and Blue Essentials (BCBS) insurance panels. Should clients wish to file for reimbursement using out-of-network benefits with other insurance companies, a written bill will be provided with all the information necessary to submit claims to the insurance company. Please call your insurance company for information on how to file a claim. Additionally, I am not responsible for unpaid insurance claims. I also provide private pay for clients who do not desire to use their insurance. I accept Cash, Credit/Debit, or Check and payment is due at the time of service. Fees for Service can be found by contacting me directly.


You could check with your insurance company and these questions may be helpful. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How many mental health sessions per calendar year does my insurance plan cover?

  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network mental health provider?

  • How do I obtain reimbursement for therapy with an out-of-network provider?

  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Do I really need Therapy? I can usually handle my own problems.

Each of us experiences life challenges that can often be unexpected and difficult to mange. Even if you 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 and courage to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking back your life by owning your struggles 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, increase positive behaviors, and overcoming the barriers in your path to success. 

What About Medication vs. Psychotherapy? 

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 reduce our progress. Long-term growth and a greater sense of well-being is often gained with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 

Why Do People Go To Therapy and How Do I Know If It Is Right For Me?

There are many different reasons people seek therapy, but most have made a decision to create change. Some may be experiencing a major life transition or be struggling to handle stress. Others need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, identity issues, or coping from past trauma. Therapy can provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through difficult times. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.  Therapy may be right for you if you are ready to seek change in your life. Therapy may be the most important decision on your journey to success!

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Dr. Marshall Bewley is a Licensed Psychologist with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TX License #36484; Expires July 2022).  For information on how to verify a license, please go to