VALUES AND PRACTICE GUIDELINES
--> We believe in the power of transparency. Rachel will advocate for you to engage in direct, clear communication with others, and she firmly believes you deserve the same from her. If you have a question, please ask. If you have a concern, let us know. If you need another option, no problem!
--> We believe in collaboration. No one person has all the answers. No one practice has all the answers. No one theoretical model has all the answers. No one field has all the answers. At Honeybee, we believe people work better together. That’s why we embrace collaborating with others. From medical doctors to psychiatrists to dietitians and personal trainers, if they are important to you or could be helpful to you, we want to include them in the healing process. That’s also why we never want you to feel like your only option is Honeybee. You have the right to choose who you want to work with and how you want to work with them.
--> We believe that all people deserve to be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect. We also think the world would be a better place if everyone else believed this too (but that’s just us- we aren’t trying to impose our values on you). To that end, we ask that clinicians, admin staff, and fellow clients be treated with the same kindness, dignity, and respect you would offer to the person or animal (because let’s be honest, sometimes animals are easier to treat well) you love the most. And, we expect ourselves to provide that to you. If ever something rubs you the wrong way or doesn’t feel like it matches this value, please let us know, and we will work to hear you, develop an understanding of where you are coming from, and try to resolve the situation until you feel your needs have been met. If that’s not possible, we will talk to you about options for next steps.
--> We believe in boundaries. Boundaries make everyone feel safe. That means when you come to therapy, you can expect your information to be kept confidential. You can also expect that your physical space will be respected, and you will be treated with kindness and dignity. Boundaries also mean that therapy time is used for therapy. Contact between sessions will be kept to a minimum to ensure maximum use of session time. Boundaries are also why we at Honeybee do not give out our personal information. Therapy is meant to be about you- NOT us. And, when we are not working, we cannot provide good therapy. That means we are not available outside of office hours. Please use the emergency resources outlined above if you need additional support, or please wait until your next appointment to explore what has been happening in your life. Boundaries help in everything, and we could go on and on but will stop here for now.
--> We believe in practicing what works. Sometimes therapy takes a long time- and that’s okay. If there is a lot to work through, it’s going to take a long time to do it. That said, therapy should be productive. Sure there will be sessions that don’t feel as powerful or meaningful, but if you feel really stuck or like you haven’t made meaningful progress in a while (or if we get this feeling), we will discuss treatment options. Maybe we switch theoretical frameworks. Maybe we add some additional support. Maybe we recommend trying someone new. Ultimately, you should see movement and feel like you are getting better. If you don’t or you’re not, then we need to look at our options to see what else to do. Similarly, with practicing what works, Honeybee providers will only ever recommend evidence-based interventions. We know that there are great interventions that have anecdotal evidence of working. That’s simply not good enough for us. We take your health seriously, and we are only willing to provide interventions that have a strong scientific evidence base for support. This also means that if you share a recommendation that is not grounded in science (detox cleanses, I’m looking at you), we will not support that recommendation. There is fundamentally no evidence basis for it. In a world where so much is unknown, we believe in using science as a resource to practice what is known- and if we learn something better, we will practice something better. We believe you deserve more than a shot in the dark or something based on our own personal opinion or experience, and that is what we at Honeybee will provide.
--> We believe in honoring our scope of practice. Social workers know a lot and are amazing! But, they don’t know everything. As a result, if there is something that comes up that is outside our scope of practice, we will tell you that you need to see someone else. Sometimes there will be issues where the lines get blurry, but if you need additional support, we will always recommend doing so and will recommend a provider that can offer those services. Similarly, even when some things are in our scope of practice, for the scope of therapy, we may recommend an adjunctive treatment. For example, if you want to work on OCD but also have a lot of trauma, it might make more sense to do separate work. You are learning skills for both but are actually getting more comprehensive treatment in doing so. Where this often really comes up is with medication management and with other co-morbid (meaning happening at the same time) conditions. Our limited scope of practice means we rely on you consistently seeing a medical provider, as needed, to make sure your medical needs are adequately addressed so you can do the work of therapy.
--> We believe in recovery. We believe there is hope for fundamental and complete change. We believe that therapy and medication and support works, and we believe that with the right combination, you can live the life you value. We also believe in brains and structure and vulnerabilities, so we know that relapses happen. They don’t have to be part of the recovery process but often are. Relapses do not make recovery impossible. They just create space to work on another aspect of your life to increase your resiliency in that area. Some brains will always need a little additional support to do what they are supposed to do (just like some pancreases or some hearts; bodies are complex and tricky!), so even when recovery is possible, sometimes medication is ongoing. That doesn’t mean you’re not in recovery. It simply means your brain and/or your body needs this additional resource to be at its best. No big deal!