I am worried about my privacy. Is therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is an ethical responsibility of all licensed therapists. Information about our work together is not shared with anyone else without your written consent, with some exceptions, such as a therapist’s legal obligation to report child abuse or risk of harm to one’s self or others. It is very useful for your therapist to consult with any medical professionals from whom you may be receiving treatment. In this case, communication is able to be established only after you have signed a release of information allowing such collaboration.
With regard to your privacy, you must also consider that if you are to use your medical insurance to cover the cost of therapy, it will be required that you are given a diagnosis and certain information about your treatment be shared with your insurance company. Many people opt to pay privately in order to avoid this disclosure of information.
What sets you apart from other therapy practices?
Enliven Couples Therapy is unique in that we are a boutique private practice focused exclusively on providing effective and tailored relationship and sex therapy. We strive to go beyond helping you improve your communication and conflict-resolution as a couple, guiding you in the process of co-creating a vibrant and satisfying partnership that aligns with your needs and values.
The owner, Kimberly Sharky, is a Licensed Marital Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist with extensive training and experience and has personally trained her associates in these areas of specialization. Many of our clients seek us out after working previously with therapists who lack the specialized training in the challenging areas of relationship and sex therapy, and find relief in discovering that progress is possible for them afterall.
In addition to traditional therapy, what other services do you offer?
We are pleased to offer Skype Therapy, Workshops, Teleseminars, and the Enliven Experience (a private 1-3 day couples intensive) in addition to traditional therapy. We welcome you to explore our Services page for more in-depth descriptions of these unique offerings.
For ongoing information about upcoming Workshops, Teleseminars, interesting articles, or our most recent blog posts, you can also now follow and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. We also enjoy being a voice of relationship and sexual health in the community, leading us to be featured in such media publications as Details, Modern Bride, Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago, CRAVE Chicago, AOL Health, CBS2Chicago, Conceive and various web-based magazines.
What is the process of therapy like?
The objective of the first few sessions is for you and your therapist to get to know one another and collaborate in establishing your short- and long-term goals. The sessions will be spent discussing your specific concerns and goals for treatment, as well as your unique personal, relationship, medical, family and social history. After one or two sessions you will have a clear plan for therapy, including goals, necessary medical collaboration, if applicable, and details regarding suggested frequency of sessions. Therapy sessions typically occur on a weekly basis until a significant amount of progress is achieved.
Scheduling regular appointments during the work day might be difficult for me. What hours are available for scheduling a session?
Office hours include daytime, evening, and Saturday hours, so you are sure to find a time that will work well with your specific schedule.