Frequently Asked Questions

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"How do I know if Telka can help me?"

 Telka's mental health approach is solution-focused.  People who are interested in feeling better, making changes, improving insight and becoming the best version of themselves will do well with Telka's goal directed approach. 

People who "just want someone to talk to"....perhaps meeting weekly for years, with no particular goal in mind, will prefer to find a support-focused, long-term therapist. 

Because Telka's solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach is not for everyone, she will ask questions to determine if her services are your best treatment fit.  If she is not able to give your service request the time and attention you deserve, she will do her best to recommend other options in the greater Lansing area. 

Due to time limitations, Telka no longer accepts new clients who request evening or weekend appointments.  She currently refers out  requests for geriatric, child, adolescent and family therapy. She is no longer providing services for chronic, long-term conditions, legal testimony, criminal activity or those struggling with active addictions. Because Telka is not able to accommodate every service request, her workbook,  self-help pdfs & useful videos are available on this website as free downloads to use with the health care professional of your choice. 

"Will Telka work with my teenager?"

Due to a high demand for services, Telka refers adolescent and family therapy to other specialists in the community. She will however, meet individually with parents to help them address skills, improve communication and strengthen parenting tools.  Watch the TED.com video by Jill Bolte-Taylor PhD help understand the adolescent brain: why teenagers are impulsive and risk taking.  

"Can I schedule an appointment for Telka to meet with my family member or friend?"

Sorry, but no. The privacy rules associated with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) require that competent adults consent for their own medical treatment. You are welcome to recommend Telka's services and to refer your loved one to this website  but  you may not request services or schedule appointments on their behalf. Telka is happy to respond directly to your loved ones request.  Concerned MSU parents are encouraged to contact MSU Student Services with questions and  concerns.  

"What is Telka's success in working with couples?"

Happily married to her college sweetheart since 1985, Telka's success with relationship strategies is reflected in both her personal life and her professional services. Telka insures therapeutic success by using a pre-screening process to determine if couple's therapy is the best treatment choice.  Couple's therapy is only successful when it is the correct mental health treatment choice. People who struggle with violence, addiction, depression or anxiety are not appropriate for couple's work until those individual issues are addressed first. 

Couples counseling pre-test  for each partner to answer:

Yes    No    1. Is alcohol or drug usage causing stress or frustration? (Arguing after drinking? Smoking or drugs causing fights?

Yes    No    2. Do either of you fear verbal, emotional or physical abuse?   

Yes    No    3. Is a third party involved in this relationship?  Examples: over involved in-laws,  unresolved prior relationship,  internet relationship or an affair

Yes    No   4. Are either of you intending to use your therapy as a forum to complain, blame or tattle on your partner? Examples: seeking therapy to change your partner  or enlisting a therapist to referee your fight.

Yes    No    5. Are either of you involved in a destructive activity that damages the trust in this relationship? (abuse, addictions, betrayal,  cheating, compulsive lying, excessive spending, gossiping,  illegal activity

Yes    No    6. Have either of you decided to end this relationship rather than repair it? (Threat of a break-up? Attending therapy just so you can say that "you tried" before leaving?)

Scoring: "Yes" answers  indicate the need for an individual evaluation. Couple's therapy is most successful AFTER issues of mood instability, anger problems, alcohol, drugs, affairs, deception, domestic violence and illegal activity are resolved.

"My Doctor recommended Telka for CBT...What is that?"

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 3 min video

  Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking (cognition) or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.