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Quo Vadis Therapy Center
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Joseph W. Pribyl, MA, LMFT
Psychotherapist
Questions About Psychotherapy
and Quo Vadis Therapy Center
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900 Long Lake Road, #320
New Brighton, MN 55112
651-398-5847
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1. Joe Pribyl looks rather young in his photograph. How old is he?

Joe is celebrating his 40th year of life, has been happily married for 10 years, and thoroughly enjoys being a dad. Often people
are curious about Joe's age because they wonder if he might have enough life experience to help them with their given
concern or situation. While Joe may appear younger than what many people suspect, his diverse professional and personal
experience have contributed richly to his ability to understand and offer insightful help to people at various stages of life. Joe
has worked with people from 8 to 70+ years old over the several years he has been practicing psychotherapy.

2. How do I know whether I or someone I know should consider seeing a psychotherapist?

The answer to this question depends on many factors, not the least of which is that everyone is different and reacts to events
in life differently. Generally, people see a therapist when emotional and/or psychological problems arise that inhibit them
from being as satisfied or productive in their daily functioning, whether around the home, socially, professionally, etc. Many
people who see a therapist may suffer from diagnosable illnesses ranging in severity as defined by the American Psychiatric
Association, and use therapeutic services within a medical model for treatment. Your therapist at Quo Vadis is trained to make
many such diagnoses. However, anyone may also utilize therapy at Quo Vadis as a way to enhance their lives through personal
growth that happens through gaining insight into one's own history, present situation, and finding purpose in life.

3. There are so many therapists from which to choose. Why might I come to Quo Vadis?

This is a very valid question. Research shows that the single biggest factor in contributing to your success in therapy is the
working relationship between you and your therapist. Therefore, for you to get a better sense of how therapy at Quo Vadis
might fit you, you're welcome to ask for a 30 minute consultation with Joe Pribyl at a reduced rate of $30. There is no
obligation for you to begin therapy at Quo Vadis after a consultation. Quo Vadis seeks what is best for you. If you choose not to
begin therapy at Quo Vadis, you are still welcome to ask for recommendations of other therapists who might be a good fit for
you.

4. I've heard of many kinds of psychotherapy. Which one does Quo Vadis use?

Your therapist at Quo Vadis uses primarily "cognitive behavioral therapy," abbreviated as CBT. CBT has been scientifically
validated as an effective treatment for a vast array of mental health concerns. It is an approach that attempts to uncover
automatic thoughts a person experiences, often unconsciously, (e.g. I'm not good enough; no one would enjoy spending time
with me; nothing can help me; etc.) and challenge them with counter-evidence and/or expand the ways in which a person
assesses daily events. Additionally, assignments are usually given to the client between sessions to encourage him/her to
behave in ways that disprove unhelpful negative thoughts. In addition to CBT, your therapist at Quo Vadis has been trained in a
variety of systems/family models of therapy that take into account the contexts of your interpersonal relationships (e.g. family,
friends, co-workers) that affect your  well-being. Many of these models can be applied to individuals in addition to couples,
families, and groups. Joe has advanced training in emotionally focused therapy (EFT), which is one of only a few scientifically
validated forms of therapy for use with couples. In a nutshell, EFT looks deeper than the things couples ostensibly struggle
with in their relationship, seeking where relational wounds have disrupted a couple's ability to have a secure bond to one
another. It is an experiential process that goes beyond the simple mechanics of better communication and behavioral
techniques.

5. I know different therapists may use the same or similar forms of therapy. What else does
therapy at Quo Vadis offer that makes it more unique?

Your therapist at Quo Vadis approaches therapy from a distinct philosophical framework. That is, your therapist will invite you
to pursue meaning and purpose for your life as a way to address stress that arises simply from sharing in the human condition.
This approach permits your existential, spiritual, and/or religious beliefs to be part of therapy as a source of strength and
wisdom to help you heal and grow toward your goals, not as something that is unimportant or that gets in the way. Even if you
do not hold any particular spiritual or religious beliefs, or you do not want them to be part of your therapy, thinking of your
situation in terms of purpose and meaning can be a powerful way to move past what is in your way right now. Quo Vadis views
life as a continuous journey of growth and having purpose. Making sense of where you're going can be aided by reflecting on
the present and the past. Meaning exists in even difficult life events, and Quo Vadis is passionate about helping you to have
hope in your life.

Please read the following in full. Your therapist at Quo Vadis is informed by a Christian anthropological perspective, which
holds that human beings come to know themselves and their purpose through relationship. This view not only means that your
therapy is concerned with helping you improve your relationships, but also encourages you to discover your responsibility to
yourself and others in order to advance the common good of the world in which we live. This approach
does not mean that
your therapist works only with Christians, expects you to become Christian, or will require discussions of spirituality/religion
with you in session. What this approach does mean is that your therapist is quite open and able to address religious/spiritual
concerns you may want included in your therapy. (For more information on your therapist’s background, see the
About QV
page of this web site.)

6. How do I start receiving psychotherapy at Quo Vadis?

You first schedule an initial intake session with the therapist. Prior to or during this session, you complete some forms about
yourself (e.g. what types of issues have brought you to therapy, a little bit about events in your life), learn about client
confidentiality and the process of therapy, and give your consent to proceed with therapy as described by your therapist. The
intake session is the starting point of clarifying the reason(s) you have come to therapy and developing a plan for the course of
your therapy.

7. How does psychotherapy at Quo Vadis proceed?

Your therapist at Quo Vadis, as with most therapists, uses a form of talk-therapy. Essentially, you come to sessions with
whatever is on your mind that is related to the issue(s) on which you want to work in therapy. You describe what is happening
both in your interactions, or lack thereof, with others and what thoughts you have about what you're experiencing in life. You
do not need to be a talkative or extroverted person to benefit from forms of talk therapy, just willing to be open and work for
change in your life. Your therapist listens not only to the content of what you describe, but also looks for latent or underlying
information in your words and behavior. Your therapist will then help you to explore new ways of viewing your situation and
how to improve it.

8. How long does therapy take at Quo Vadis?

Each session is 50 minutes in length. People often schedule sessions on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. As to how many sessions
you will need depends on the reason(s) you have come to therapy. You may find that all you need is just a few sessions. "Brief
therapy" approaches may utilize up to 12 sessions. On the other hand, if you are struggling quite a bit or are dealing with a
longstanding issue, therapy will likely need more time. Your therapist will help you to determine how often you may want to
attend sessions, and assess your overall progress in therapy. You and your therapist will work collaboratively on setting goals
for your therapy and orient your sessions toward meeting those goals in as timely a manner as possible.

9. Who will know that I am attending therapy at Quo Vadis?

Therapists are bound by laws and codes of ethics concerning your confidentiality. Your therapist will not share anything about
you with anyone else unless you have given written authorization for your therapist to do so. These instances would likely be
few, and would usually take place in an effort to coordinate your care with other professionals. There are also rare events
where a therapist is required by law to break confidentiality, such as if you pose a serious threat of harm to yourself or
someone else. Many clients choose not to tell other people about the fact that they attend therapy because they fear how
others will perceive them. This feeling is understandable and will be respected by your therapist, however, no one should be
deterred from or feel shameful about getting help when they need it.

10. What are the biggest things that will determine my success in therapy?

Essentially two things: the rapport between you and your therapist, and your dedication to change. Your therapist has been
trained to help you skillfully, and values approaching all clients compassionately. Your therapist views providing therapy for
you as a personal vocation, and will endeavor to help you improve your situation. However, therapy is in many ways a
collaborative effort and an investment of the time and resources of both you and your therapist, so its success relies heavily on
the efforts of both you and your therapist.

11. Will my health insurance cover therapy at Quo Vadis?

Insurance providers may cover your therapy at Quo Vadis depending on your policy's coverage for therapy services. Joe works
with several insurance providers and plans.
Contact your insurance carrier to learn more about what services your policy covers.

12. Will my HSA or FSA cover psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy may qualify as an eligible medical expense covered by a health savings account (HSA) or a flexible spending  
account (FSA). Check the details of your account for covered services and expenses.
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1. Joe Pribyl looks rather young in his photograph. How old is he?

2. How do I know whether I or someone I know should consider seeing a psychotherapist?

3. There are so many therapists from which to choose. Why might I come to Quo Vadis?

4. I've heard of many kinds of psychotherapy. Which one does Quo Vadis use?

5. I know different therapists may use the same or similar forms of therapy.
What else does therapy at Quo Vadis offer that makes it more unique?

6. How do I start receiving psychotherapy at Quo Vadis?

7. How does psychotherapy at Quo Vadis proceed?

8. How long does psychotherapy take at Quo Vadis?

9. Who will know that I am attending therapy at Quo Vadis?

10. What are the biggest things that will determine my success in therapy?

11. Will my health insurance cover therapy at Quo Vadis?

12. Will my HSA or FSA cover psychotherapy?