All rights reserved.
Quo Vadis Therapy Center
Get to where you want to be
Joseph W. Pribyl, MA, LMFT
Psychotherapist
Questions About Psychotherapy
and Quo Vadis Therapy Center
(scroll down for answers)
900 Long Lake Road, #320
New Brighton, MN 55112
651-398-5847
TM
Have a question about Quo Vadis or psychotherapy not listed above? Call Quo Vadis at
651-398-5847 or send an
e-mail for more information.

(This contact information is not intended to be used to address present emergency/crisis situations. If you need immediate
emergency assistance, please call the Crisis Connection, 612-379-6363, or 911.)
Back to Top
1. Joe Pribyl looks rather young in his photograph. How old is he?

Often people are curious about this because they wonder if Joe might have enough life experience to help them with their
given concern or situation. Joe is 43 years old, has been happily married for 13 years, and thoroughly enjoys being a dad.
Joe's
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
and from a variety of backgrounds since he
began p
racticing psychotherapy in 2007.

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.
If the information here leaves you still wondering how therapy with Joe
Pribyl
might fit for you, you can request a 30 minute consultation with Joe at a rate of $30 (openings for consultations are
limited, however)
. There is no obligation for you to begin therapy at Quo Vadis after a consultation.

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.

Your therapist at Quo Vadis is informed by a 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
has its basis in a Christian anthropological framework, but it  does not mean
that
therapy will require discussions of spirituality/religion. What this approach does mean is that your therapist is quite
sensitive, open, and able to address religious/spiritual concerns/sensibilities 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?

The initial session is 60 minutes; follow-up sessions are 45 minutes in length. People often schedule sessions on a weekly or
twice
-monthly 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 b
e between 8 to 20 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
always exceptions to
confidentiality, and there are
also rare events where a therapist is required by law to break confidentiality, such as in cases
where someone's safety may be in question.
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 commitment to meeting your goals. 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 l
argely on the efforts of both you and your therapist.

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

Most local insurance providers provide in-network benefits to people coming to Quo Vadis. Contact your insurance carrier to
learn more about what services your policy covers
and to what extent.

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.
Back to Top
Back to Top
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?