Yadira Torres LLC
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose a Licensed Psychologist?
Licensed, doctoral level psychologists have the most extensive education and formal training available in the mental health field. In order to become a licensed psychologist, one needs extensive training and experience in the integration of research and clinical practice. Specifically, becoming a licensed psychologist requires four years of undergraduate work and a minimum of five years of graduate training. This involves thousands of hours of formal clinical training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of varying mental health issues and concerns. In addition to formal, supervised clinical training, psychologists are required to complete a year of clinical residency (postdoctoral year) of supervised practice and pass several examinations in order to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and their complete understanding of the standards set forth by the American Psychological Association and accrediting bodies.
This level of training and experience in the integration of research and clinical practice enables psychologists to choose up-to-date, effective, and ethical psychotherapy approaches to help meet the unique needs of each client.
What should I expect in the first appointment?
Your initial appointment will involve a detailed assessment, where we will work together to understand your child's and family's particular situation, current problems, background, as well as your family's strengths and resources in order to develop an appropriate plan for treatment. Our aim is to help you feel comfortable and safe to talk openly about your concerns. At the end of the initial session(s) we will provide you with our therapeutic recommendations. If we recommend therapy, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan, including goals and approximate time frames.
How long are sessions? How often would we meet?
Individual sessions are 50 minutes long and family sessions may be up to 60 minutes long and typically occur once per week; however, that depends on the nature and severity of the concerns. As such, sessions may be more or less frequent.
What are your hours of operation?
Yadira Torres LLC has flexible hours that are meant to meet the individual needs of the clients we serve. Services are provided Monday through Thursday. Contact us and let us try to find a time that works best for you.
Is therapy confidential?
Your privacy is one of our top priorities. As such, what you discuss in session is private and confidential and can only be disclosed to a third party with your expressed written permission.
Florida Law does provide exceptions for certain extreme situations in which we may breach confidentiality and others where we are mandated by law to do so. Examples of these include:
- A client is threatening serious bodily harm to self or others.
- A client has engaged in or is engaging in the abuse of a child, an elder, or a dependent adult.
- A client is at risk of seriously harming her/himself.
Note: that whenever possible, all efforts will be made to enlist the client’s cooperation in ensuring their safety. If this is not successful, confidentiality may be breeched in order to keep a client from harm.
Have a question that is not answered here?
Contact us; it would be our pleasure to help answer any of your questions.