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3312 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33609

813-321-8280

At Serene Mind Psychology, we help teens and young adults feel safe, confident and happy.  We are a boutique, counseling and therapy practice. We cater our services to each Tampa Bay individual.

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therapy questions + answers

Will therapy benefit me or my family member? 

Therapy can be beneficial if you are feeling down, sad, angry, worried and things are not getting better. You may notice you are making decisions that have not resulted in solving any problems. You may actually be making them bigger. 

Therapy is for everyday stress. It can help reduce pressure and help you or a family member who is experiencing a life transition. Therapy can help if you are simply overwhelmed or are not at your optimal level of happiness.

Just because you meet with a therapist does not mean you are losing your sanity. This is FALSE and actually stereotypical. 

The reality is everyone can use some extra help once in a while. Asking for help just means, I am ready to try a different route, to get to my end goal. Everyone can benefit from solving problems and living a more fulfilling life. 

During our sessions, we will work to accomplish your goals. These goals may range from: loving or accepting myself, being more confident, learning patience, establishing healthy boundaries, practicing self care, feeling happier, learning how to talk to new people, staying calm, making friends, think before I act, making better grades, improving my relationships, controlling my thoughts or feeling like myself at work.

By coming to therapy you will gain insight about your decisions. You will be empowered to take control of your life and the choices that you make.

  • What if I come in for one session and do not want to come back to therapy? 

That is completely up to you, not every therapist is a fit for everyone. At Serene Mind we specialize in children (9+), teens (13 to 17)  and young adults (18 to 40).  

You can expect to meet with your therapist every week for about the first two months, based on availability. After you start to make improvements and feel you are meeting your goals, you will transition to meeting with her every two weeks and so forth. You both will agree on what works for you, until you accomplish all your therapy goals. On  average, you can expect to be in therapy for about three to six months or about 14 to 26 sessions. This does vary depending on your availability, goals, progress and life events. 

  • How do I know I have found the right therapist? 

Read their blog, website and social media. Find reviews and recommendations, call the practice and meet your therapist in person. If you feel a connection, this is the right therapist for you!

  • Can therapy be fun, creative and rewarding? 

Yes, yes, yes! Therapy is supposed to be a fun, creative and rewarding experience. It is a journey and the more you want out of it, the more you will gain. 

  • Is Serene Mind a mental health agency or clinic, if not how is it different? 

Serene Mind is not an agency, it is a private practice. Our service is geared toward each unique individual. This is why we can only accept a certain amount of new individuals each month. At Serene Mind we treat you like family. The therapist you meet with, will be your permanent therapist until you are ready to graduate. 

In an agency you will meet with many clinicians who will ask you the same routine questions and you will not receive individual care or attention. Unfortunately, agencies base their services on profits vs. actual results and client satisfaction. Agencies are overwhelmed with clients and many of them have a high therapist turn around. That means you may start therapy with one therapist and end with another. Does that sound comforting? Many times agencies have a poor success rate due to this factor. In the long run this does not save you time or money. 

  • What types of mental health symptoms do you treat at Serene Mind Psychology? 

We specialize in treating children (9 and up), teens and young adults experiencing the following mental health symptoms: poor communication, low self esteem, sadness or depression, excessive worry, anger outbursts, poor grades, poor work satisfaction, life transitions, transitioning to or out of college, fertility, postpartum and over all well being. 

We do not offer family therapy, substance abuse counseling or couples therapy. If you are looking for the above please see Psychology Today for a list of providers. 

  • What specialized counseling training does Mrs. Stephanie have? 

Mrs. Stephanie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with specific training in treating a variety of mental health diagnosis, including depression and anxiety. She also practices and has a certificate in Pet Assisted Therapist with her black lab companion, Bruce Lee. 

She has over eight years experience as a counselor and completed her professional internships and practicums working with children, adolescents and families in suicidal or homicidal emergencies at psychiatric hospitals with the Baker Act population. She is Baker Act certified and has training in counseling children, adolescents and families experiencing conflict, trauma and separation. 

Mrs. Stephanie has a strong background in working with multiple physical and mental disabilities disabilities. Mrs. Stephanie is also a vocational counselor and has been conducting evaluations with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for over six years. Through this program she helps people with disabilities gain employment. Mrs. Stephanie is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and vocational evaluator. Mrs. Stephanie helps high school students transition to college successfully with the use of her evaluations. 

  • What age group do you specialize in counseling? 

Primarily children ages 9 to 12, teens or adolescents 13 to 17, young adults 18 to 40 in the Tampa Bay area. 

  • What separates Serene Mind from other psychology providers in Tampa? 

We specialize in counseling therapy services for children, teens and young adults. We provides a unique array of therapy services including but not limited to: pet therapy, play therapy, art therapy and talk therapy. 

We are experienced in building rapport and establishing trust with the young adolescent and young adult population due to her ability to relate to the modern culture. We are also bilingual and this helps her establish a a connection with individuals of diverse backgrounds. 

Our therapy sessions are relaxed, unique and individualized. You can expect to leave your sessions feeling as if you are accomplishing your goals and reducing any negative symptoms. 

  • What is the secret to a client's success in therapy? 

The secret in therapy is the client-therapist relationship and how easily trust is established.  You can expect trust to be established quickly with us. This contributes to our high success rates! If trust is established easily during therapy, you can expect to complete therapy at a faster rate as well. 

This will save you money and time!

  • How are your services different from other Tampa therapists? 

We are passionate about our therapy work and we have a way of expressing this during therapy sessions. We have a strong love and commitment for the mental health field in the Tampa Bay area. We are known for treating everyone as if they are family (with attentiveness, kindness, respect and empathy) and this is why they return and ultimately graduate. 

Our therapy sessions are comfortable, flexible, unique and creative. You can expect to always feel welcomed by us!

  • How does confidentiality work with my child, teen or young adult? 

Confidentiality and privacy is something that is highly valued in therapy. Without trust therapy simply does not work. Thus your child, teen or young adult can choose to share things with you in session or not. We do not provide family therapy, if you are seeking family therapy please visit Psychology Today to find a list of family therapy providers. 

If you have a young adult, who is 18 or older you must have a signed waiver from them to attend sessions and have them disclose information to you. In addition, we please request that if you are the parent of a young adult, you have them schedule their appointments and contact us. This is done on purpose (to show motivation, independence and responsibility for their actions). Thus if you call or email to schedule for your young adult, we will ask that they call or email us. 

  • How many sessions can I expect to attend before I reach success and can graduate from therapy? 

On average, it is estimated trust and rapport is established within 3 to 4 sessions between you and our therapist  (that is why you can expect to meet with us on a weekly basis at first). Please remember this number may not be exactly the same for everyone.

After trust is built, we will work alongside with you, to meet your therapy goals. On average this may take about 3 to 6 months or 14 to 26 sessions (this number varies depending on the individual and presenting goals). This is why we request your commitment to therapy before you make an appointment, which includes keeping and maintaining your appointments. 

  • What insurances do you accept? 

Staywell Medicaid, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO or Out of Network only) 

If you have a PPO,  you can choose any therapist you would like to see.  We can provide you with a billing form to submit to your insurance company. Your insurance company will then send you a check, reimbursing you for a portion of your session fee.  On average, clients with PPOs are reimbursed for 60-75% of their sessions (after your deductible is met)

We apologize, but we no longer accept TriCare, Aetna, BayCare Cigna or any EAPs. 

 
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