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Frequently Asked Questions...

How do I know if counseling is right for me?
You may wonder whether it would be helpful to talk to a counselor. People often attend counseling when they experience any of the following:

  • emotional difficulties such as sadness, anxiety, anger, etc. 

  • a recent loss or traumatic event

  • relationship problems 

  • difficulty sleeping 

  • decreased day-to-day functioning

  • concerns about substance use 

  • suicidal thoughts 

If you think you have anxiety or depression, you can take a free screening here.

How are counseling and therapy (psychotherapy) different?

People often use these terms interchangeably. In reality, there is little difference. Counseling is generally more short-term based, and psychotherapy is more long-term treatment. We offer both.

How long does a counseling session take and how frequently will we meet?

Therapy sessions are typically 55 minutes. Most clients see their counselor weekly, at least in the beginning.

What are the benefits of counseling or therapy?
Benefits of counseling can include continued support, clearer thinking, greater personal peace, new problem solving and coping strategies for a range of issues, improved self-esteem and confidence, effective communication skills, changing old patterns and developing new ones, and managing difficult emotions. Counselors are an objective party who can provide a different perspective. A client’s commitment and level of readiness play a vital role in the outcome of counseling. Counseling is a process that involves a working partnership between the client and therapist.

How do I know if my counselor is right for me?

Therapy may involve dealing with difficult emotions or topics. This is part of the process of sorting through things to gain insight and affect change. You should feel comfortable enough to share whatever is on your mind and be able to ask any questions.

 

What if the counselor is not the right fit for me?

It is essential to have a positive working relationship with your therapist, so it’s recommended that the client and therapist meet 2-3 times before deciding whether the relationship will continue.  If it does not feel like the right fit, the therapist will provide you with referrals. We wholeheartedly believe in the counseling process and experience, and we understand how important that client-therapist relationship is. If we are not the right fit for you, do not give up until you find the right fit.

Is what I say confidential?

We understand the importance of having a safe and confidential environment where clients feel comfortable sharing deeply personal information. Client-therapist conversations are private and confidential, as required ethically and legally. There are a few rare exceptions which include when the safety of the client or another is at risk, if there is suspected child or elder abuse, or if ordered by a subpoena or court order. If you have questions about confidentiality, please ask!

What can I expect at the first session?

The first session is a time to review and ask questions about office policies, privacy, and confidentiality and to get acquainted. You can expect to talk about your background and personal history, as well as the reason(s) you decided to begin counseling. You will set collaborative goals for therapy. You can share on a level that feels comfortable to you.

Can you prescribe medication? ​

No, we cannot prescribe medication; only a psychiatrist or medical doctor can do that. Our focus is on helping people control and change behaviors as a primary method of treating problems.

Do you work with couples and families?

Yes, we work with individuals, couples, and families. Individual counseling is typically focused on mental health conditions or behavioral health conditions like anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD and others. Couples counseling is usually for communication, intimacy or relationship challenges. Family counseling is focused on behavioral and communication challenges that affect the family system.

 

Do you offer telehealth (virtual sessions)?

Yes, we offer virtual sessions through a HIPAA-compliant platform, as well as in-person sessions.

 

How do I make an appointment? 

You can send us an email here or call us at the number listed here.  Either way, we will get back to you ASAP!

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