Frequently Asked Questions
What is counseling?
Counseling is a unique relationship between the client and the trained professional. It allows you to sort through your concerns in an emotionally supportive and safe environment. Your struggles may stem from past hurts, disappointments, trauma, or from current situations that feel overwhelming or unmanageable. We can help you heal from these wounds and reclaim you life by gaining an understanding of these issues and learning new and healthier ways to cope. This will lead to a decrease in anxiety, depression and other undesirable emotions/conditions and lead to feeling more joy and contentment in your life.
How can counseling help?
It is often hard to for people to ask for help. We often think that we should be able to handle our problems on our own or that others are dealing with worse things. It can be daunting telling a stranger your thoughts and feelings and this often causes people to struggle with their issues for years before reaching out and getting help. We have compassionate, highly skilled counselors who understand these fears and can facilitate you sorting through your concerns and gaining clarity and strength to overcome your struggles. We believe that each person has the potential within themselves to heal and it is our responsibility to provide the atmosphere and therapeutic relationship to allow these changes to occur.
What will I need to know when I call?
Do you take my insurance?
Where are you located?
What can I expect at my first visit?
When you call our office to schedule an appointment you will have a knowledgeable and compassionate person to help walk you through the process. We will make sure you are set up with a counselor who will meet your needs. We will verify your insurance benefits so that you will know what is covered and what your co-pay is before your first appointment. You can complete your paperwork from our website or come in 20 minutes prior to your appointment time. Sessions are between 45-60 minutes and are usually weekly. Your counselor will determine the course of treatment and will discuss that with you.
How many sessions do I need?
This can vary greatly depending on the situation. Sometimes, short-term counseling of 4-6 sessions is all that is necessary to help find resolution to a problem. Other times it may be necessary to extend counseling to months or years depending on diagnosis and treatment goals. Your counselor will be able to provide you with some general guidelines at your first appointment when you discuss the presenting problem.
Will I be prescribed medication?
Can I bring a family member to my session?
How long does a counseling session take?
A typical session is from 45 to 60 minutes. Some sessions may be 30 minutes if a longer session is not appropriate.