Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know if counseling is right for me?
Some of us seek counseling when we’re struggling in relationships, in vocation or with low self-image & self-esteem. Others may come to work on healing from addictions, anxiety or depression. Most of us come when we are experiencing changes in our lives and want a little extra insight on where to go next. Talking with a counselor provides that little extra ‘push’ we are looking for to get unstuck and regain connection and courage. If you are looking to gain a healthier perspective on your world and are willing to work hard at practicing new, more helpful ways of thinking and relating, counseling may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Are prescription medications a substitute for counseling?
Medication is often used to treat depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and other mental health diagnoses. It’s good to keep in mind that counseling goes beyond treating symptoms by teaching you skills that help to identify and change negative patterns. Many people find a combination of counseling and medication is most effective. If you feel medication may help you feel more balanced, it is always wise to consult your primary health provider.
How long does counseling last?
Like anything worthwhile, counseling can take some work on your part and a bit of patience. But it does not have to be a process that takes months or years in order to be effective. We can work on your needs whether brief/short-term therapy or long-term therapy without losing sight of your treatment goals. Counseling does work and many people notice some improvement with the first few sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
We are not currently accepting insurance. If you would like to request insurance reimbursement, we will happily provide you with an invoice for submission. You will want to confirm with your insurance company that services are eligible for out of network coverage.
What is the first session like?
Many people experience a mixture of fear, anxiety and anticipation when they come to their first therapy appointment. This is totally natural. Our office is located in a quiet, professional building. It is a secure, comfortable environment shared amongst our team of licensed counselors and designed to help you feel welcomed and relaxed. We’ll provide you with some necessary paperwork to complete and go over it. Then we’ll take time to answer any questions you might have. We will talk about what brings you to therapy, what kinds of strategies you’ve used in the past that have worked for you and those that haven’t. You can expect to begin to connect the dots between how the ‘then’ is affecting the ‘now.’ Before we end, we may discuss some things to consider until our next meeting. We’ll schedule our next meeting and go from there. The first session is your initial chance to see if we will be a good fit for one another. In time, we’ll find ourselves in a relaxed, familiar rapport that allows you to focus on your therapeutic journey.
What makes therapy successful?
The secret to success in therapy lies in finding a therapist you can connect with and working hard both in the session and in your day to day life where you put your new insights into practice. We aim to help our clients find and nurture caring relationships with God, self and others so that counseling feels complete and satisfying. Our hope is that you would ultimately experience a greater sense of freedom and agency in the world.