Jodie Jacobs, LMSW
Individual, Family, Group, and Child Therapy

5600 West Maple Road
Bldg. D Suite 412
West Bloomfield, MI 48322


Common Questions

Is therapy for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice.  There are many reasons why people come to therapy.  Sometimes it is to deal with a long-standing psychological issue or problems with anxiety or depression.  Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in your life such as death, divorce or changes in the workplace.  Many seek the advice of a therapist as a guide to help them explore personal growth and emotional healing.  Working with a therapist can help you receive emotional support, insight and new coping strategies for all types of life challenges.  Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, self esteem 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.

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

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life and while you many have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there is nothing wrong with gaining extra support when you feel you need it.  In fact, therapy is for people who have enough awareness that they need a hand in reaching their goals in life.  Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, allowing you to get the tools you need to avoid maladaptive patterns of behavior and avoid the triggers that bring you back to the challenges you are facing now.

How can therapy help me?

Therapy can provide you with a number of benefits.  Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills and healthy coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, unresolved issues from the past, stress management, grief and loss and life transitions.  Some of the benefits of attending therapy include:

  • Improving relationships
  • Replacing maladaptive patterns of behavior with healthy coping strategies
  • Attaining a better sense of yourself and where you want to be
  • Managing grief and depression
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem 
Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between a client and therapist.  No information is disclosed without written consent from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.  These include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.
  • 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 a strong effort to work with the client to ensure a safety plan.  However, if a client does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
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