2863 Executive Park Drive, Suite 106
Weston, Florida 33331
Monica Arroyo LCSW, Shawnda Burns LMHC & Associates

Why Seek Counseling?

How do I know it’s time to get help?
People often consider therapy under the following circumstances:
• When the way they feel is affecting their sleep, appetite, job or relationships.
• When things are not getting better.
• When they can’t find the answers to their problems.
• They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, and they lack hope in their lives.
• Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function fully from day to day.
• Their actions are harmful to themselves or others.
• They are troubled by problems facing family members or close friends.

How long does therapy last?
Each weekly session lasts 45-50 minutes. The length of treatment depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the issues, the motivation of the individuals involved, and the goals. Brief therapy typically has a more specific goal or issue of focus, and can last from a few weeks to a few months. Longer term or open ended therapy may have more complex issues or concerns and can last up to a year or longer.

How does therapy work?
In this confidential and safe setting, we will help you look objectively at your behaviors, feelings, and thoughts and educate you in ways to deal with different situations. Therapy gives you the opportunity to explore personal issues with someone who has unique listening skills, and is more neutral than those who are more directly involved with the situation. This leads not only to a deeper understanding of the issues, but also promotes the conditions that make long lasting change possible.

Your relationship with your therapist plays an important and crucial role in benefiting from treatment. That’s why it’s important to find a person who you feel you have a good fit with. A good fit means that you feel heard, understood and accepted. As the trust deepens, this person would be someone you would feel comfortable exploring deeper sources of conflict or pain.

What does is cost?
Our fee is in the mid range for private practice psychotherapy in the Broward area.  We are able to accept major insurances and we also offer private pay options for individuals who do not have health insurance.  Please speak with your therapist directly about the current hourly rates.  This information will always be disclosed prior to the initial session.

Will my insurance company pay for my sessions?
Some plans will pay for your sessions.  Please contact our office and/or insurance company to verify that we are in network providers.  We are able to accept insurances that include PPO benefits as long as yearly deductibles are met.

What about medications?
Only psychiatrists and other MDs are licensed to prescribed medication.  We maintain close relationships with excellent psychiatrist in our area to ensure that you obtain the best care.  Medication may be recommended as part of the therapeutic process if symptoms of depression and/or anxiety are chronic.

What kind of therapy is offered?
We conduct therapeutic services for individuals and couples in both brief and longer term settings. Our primary therapeutic orientations are psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

• The goal of psychodynamic therapy is to bring about improved psychological health through better self-understanding. People often repeat painful, unsatisfying patterns in their lives. Psychodynamic therapy helps people to recognize and work through the painful feelings that often underlie these patterns of relating to the world so that they can make choices to do things differently. We utilize utilizes both brief and long term psychodynamic therapy.

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do and stresses the fact that that irrational thinking or faulty perceptions cause our negative feelings. The goals are to restructure one's thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs. Such restructuring facilitates behavioral and emotional change. CBT is especially helpful in treating anxiety and depression.

What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker? 
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is a professional health care provider with training and expertise in the areas of human behavior and psychological health. They aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance psychological well being. They learn about the human mind, human development and psychological problems.  In addition, they understand personality characteristics as well as how people think, feel and behave. Often, they will consult with other medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients, especially treatment that includes medication. They are not permitted to prescribe medication to treat patients; only psychiatrists and other medical doctors may prescribe certain medications. To earn a master's degree in Social Work takes four to five years of full time graduate study beyond a college degree.  In addition, a two year supervision period is required post gradutation in order to achieve Licenture.

What is a Mental Health Counselor?
Mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training, and clinical practice. Graduate education and clinical training prepare mental health counselors to provide a full range of services for individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Mental Health counselors practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse treatment centers.
Mental health counselors are highly skilled professionals who provide a full range of services including: Assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy treatment planning and utilization review.  In addition to brief and solution focused therapy; Alcoholism and substance abuse treatment; Psychoeducational and prevention programs and Crisis management.

In today’s environment, mental health counselors are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of providing high quality are in a cost effective manner.  Mental health counselors provide flexible, consumer oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical problem solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.

Counseling in Weston Broward