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Common Questions

What is attachment based therapy?

As human beings, we are neurologically wired to be emotionally connected to each other. Recent research notes that when we have a secure connection to the people we love, we are healthier and feel more satisfied with ourselves and our lives.  Because of emotional disruptions in our past, or because we can get stuck in more inflexible patterns of relating to our partner or family members, we can lose that sense of connection.  This can lead to feeling isolated and alone.  Attachment based therapy uses the latest information about the neurobiology of attachment and emotional regulation to get our clients' relationships back on track.  Using proven methods such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), we work with our clients to help create new, satisfying ways to connect with their partner or family member.  EFT has been shown to significantly improve relationships, with increased relational satisfaction in over 90% of couples tested. Additionally, these effects have been found to be long lasting, continuing after therapy is complete.


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


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. 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.  Seeking therapeutic support is something to be admired:  you are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life, and making a commitment to change your situation, or your approach to it.  Therapy can be especially helpful for families and couples when they find they are "stuck" in the same argument over and over.  Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, change damaging patterns, and overcome whatever emotional challenges you face.


How can attachment based therapy help me?


The benefits of attachment based psychotherapy are numerous.  Working collaboratively with you, our staff provides support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, past traumas and stress management.  Counselors can be an important asset in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. NECCF's experientlal approach helps clients practice, in session, new ways of thinking, feeling and acting.  The benefits you can derive from attachment based couple and family include:

  • Creating a more secure, loving connection with your partner and family
  • Developing skills for improving your most important relationships
  • Finding resolution to the 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 communication skills, including listening
  • Changing the negative cycles couples can find themselves in, and developing new, positive ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence


What happens in a therapy session? 


Every therapy session is unique and tailored to our clients'  specific goals.  It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and personal concerns in your life. Most commonly, clients will schedule a series of weekly 50-minute sessions. Although our approach is short term, complex issues such as trauma or dual diagnosis may require longer treatment.  For therapy to be most effective, we encourage our clients to actively participate both during and between sessions. Working experientially -- where clients practice new ways of expressing themselves directly in the therapy session --  is highly effective in shifting away from old, negative behaviors.  The result is the creation of a deeper, more satisfying connection with your partner and family members that continues even after treatment ends.  Here are some things you can expect from our therapeutic relationship:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Realistic strategies for enacting positive change
  • Practical, effective and proven techniques 


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.  Partnering with our clients, we develop an individual treatment plan that might or might not include a psychopharmacological recommendation.


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?


The New England Center for Couples and Families accepts PPO plans and self-pay.  

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first step is to check with your insurance carrier. Call the member services number on your insurance card, and find the answers to the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover each calendar year?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?


Is therapy confidential?


In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication 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 safety measures may need to be taken.
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