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Therapy FAQs

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life 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, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome the challenges you face.

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the struggles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and 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:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Improving your relationships, both with your partner and/or children
  • Finding resolution to the issues or 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 communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving self-esteem and self-confidence

Every therapy session is unique and caters to the individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around forty-five minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to uncover persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor or psychiatrist 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.

Check your coverage carefully 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?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

We are currently listed as a provider for the following insurance carriers: Aetna, Cigna, Blue Shield, Tricare. Contact us to see if we are currently working with your insurance provider.

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications 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:

  • Suspected child abuse, 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 measures may need to be taken.

Retreat FAQs

Retreats provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation and development of deep and grounded mindfulness and somatic nature meditation practices away from the distractions of daily life. Highly trained, experienced teachers and meditation instructors provide excellent support and guidance in group settings, as well as in one-on-one interviews.

There will be periods of silence where you are encouraged to allow your practice to be . We will also have periods of connection and sharing where you have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of these practices in connection with community

No. Participants engage in many different forms of mindfulness and somatic nature practices, which include sitting, lying down, standing, walking and moving.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Improving your relationships, both with your partner and/or children
  • Finding resolution to the issues or 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 communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving self-esteem and self-confidence

Most sitting meditations last about 30 minutes, followed by shorter periods of walking, or other mindful or somatic nature movement.

At the beginning of the retreat, most meditations are guided. As time goes on, guidance decreases, and participants practice some of the meditation periods in silence.

Nature is always changing, just as we are too! Practicing in nature requires a bit of preparation and letting go and accepting the conditions as they are. You are encouraged to bring gear that supports your time being outside (e.g., hiking shoes, walking poles, camping chair, sunscreen, hats). We will find locations as best we can in nature that are supportive to our periods of practice. We will share pertinent information if there are insects, animals you should be attentive to when we are outdoors. You are encouraged to welcome nature into your experience as part of your practice as we explore healing with nature.

Participants are encouraged to practice meditation in a position that works best for them, whether sitting in a chair, lying down on the floor/ground, or standing. There are many support items (camping chairs, backjacks) available at retreat centers that you can take into nature for our practice times in nature. You are welcome to bring your own support items that will allow you to be comfortable when we are outdoors.

Some of the work necessary to support the group will be handled by participants during the retreat. You will be able to choose your yogi job, and will keep it throughout the retreat. Most participants find serving others in this way quite enjoyable, and a great opportunity for practice in action.

Special diets, including vegan and gluten-free, will be provided upon request. All meals served at retreats are vegetarian.

We advise participants to stay off all devices, except in certain circumstances, which we can discuss individually.

Daily Schedule (may vary depending on the venue’s kitchen schedule):

Example of Daily Schedule:

  • 6am – Wake up bell
  • 6:30 – Meditation
  • 7:15 – Breakfast
  • 8:30 – Morning program
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 12:30-2pm – Free time
  • 2:00 – Afternoon program
  • 5:00 – Dinner
  • 6:00 – Evening program
  • 8:30-9:00 – Ready for bed/sleep

Transformative healing retreats can be a positive and life transforming experience. At the same time, meditation and somatic practices and being in nature equires some stability of physical and psychological health.

If you have recently experienced considerable trauma, a significant loss, significant depression or anxiety, or are currently experiencing strong PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), a healing retreat may not be appropriate for you at this time in your life. A therapist can help you assess the wisest course duration for you, or if it’s best to wait a while before signing up. Daily life practice may be more beneficial meanwhile.

None of this cost-share goes to the teachers or to the manager, who are solely supported by the dana (generosity) of the participants. In the tradition of the Buddha, teachings are offered without a set fee, keeping costs as low as possible, so no one is excluded due to finances. In turn, we ask that your donation be as generous as possible within your means. Please bring a check or cash. We are grateful for your support.

It is our intention that cost not be an impediment to practice. If you cannot afford to attend without a fee reduction, you can ask for a scholarship on the registration website, and then just pay the remaining amount. Anyone with financial hardship is welcome to apply and will be assessed based on needs and fund availability. We ask that you request the lowest amount required to attend the retreat so that we can offer support to as many people as possible. Please reach out to rochelle@newmindfullife.com. to discuss options and support.

Online Course FAQs

Most online courses are offered in either 4 or 6 week sessions. Online courses typically meet for 1.5-2 hours. During each session Dr. Rochelle Calvert will offer guided meditations, present informative talks, teachings on Healing with Nature topics, offer reflective inquiry and provide you with the opportunity to connect with the community.

You are encouraged to attend the course and all sessions at their scheduled times. If for some reason you cannot attend the scheduled session time, each session will be recorded and provided to you once the course is complete.

A “live” course is one where you will gather WITH Dr. Rochelle Calvert at the scheduled time of your course. She will be teaching and interacting with you and is able to provide you with real time experiences to guide you with meditations, teachings and answers to your questions.

An “on-demand” course is one that is pre-recorded and has been designed and developed for you to take the course when it works in your schedule. You can self pace how quickly or slowly you want to complete the course. The lessons in the course are designed to support building on practices and teachings progressively allowing you to learn at your own pace with the content.

Dr. Rochelle Calvert uses zoom as the platform to host her live online classes. You will need to have the Zoom app installed and/or have access to the internet to log onto the zoom website.

For all on-demand courses Dr. Rochelle Calvert uses the thinkific platform which is a course learning program which will guide you through lessons that include guided meditations, recorded teachings, journaling, and suggested practices to integrate into your daily life.

All “live” sessions within the course will be made available to you once the course has completed and you can continue to use these as they support your learning.

All “on-demand” courses are lifetime access to use. All content offered in these courses is pre-recorded and available to you with you purchase.