How can I know that I can speak freely but still have privacy?
Confidentiality is your right mandated under the laws of HIPPA. It differentiates a client/therapist relationship from a friendship or another kind of professional relationship.
Except for certain circumstances described below, we are required to maintain your confidentiality at all times:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, vulnerable adults, and elders.
- If we have reason to suspect that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself or another person.
- If we receive a court order from the judge to release your records.
Can you prescribe me medication?
We are licensed professional counselors and do not prescribe medications. If you desire medication, we will refer you to a psychiatrist with whom we will collaborate on your care.
How do I know when our therapy is finished?
Throughout our relationship, we will discuss goals and our progress in working toward those goals. Usually, once it has been mutually determined that goals have been satisfactorily reached or when you determine that you no longer need the supportive relationship, we set an end date together. Once that end date is established, we use our remaining time to consolidate growth and discuss your plan of action moving forward.
What Payment methods do you accept?
We are in network with most major insurances. Call today to find out if you pre-qualify. No insurance? No problem. We offer services at affordable rates.
We accept cash, checks, all major credit cards, and FSA/HSA cards.
Do you offer telehealth services?
We do. In-person counseling sessions and telehealth counseling sessions (phone, video, and live-chat options are available). We bring a warm, compassionate, and caring energy to our clients whether it be in our office or at the convenience of wherever you are.
What is the difference between Coaching and Counseling?
Counseling deals with traumas from the past and is intended to provide relief or healing from prior events. By working with a therapist, you can get to the root of the issue and ultimately be able to move forward in their lives with freedom from the past.
Coaching, on the other hand, is about creating your future. Most of the time spent coaching will be spent designing your future, with time also allotted to distinguish what is happening in the present, preventing you from attaining your desires. Powerful coaching shifts not only what you accomplish or attain in life; it transforms who you are. By doing this in relationships, it empowers you to work together to achieve more by having open lines of communication and exchanging strengths for weaknesses in the couple, ultimately creating a power team dynamic.
How long should I plan to commit to therapy?
Everyone heals at a different rate. Not everyone has encountered the same life circumstances, either. We are here for you as little or for as much as you need us. It is our promise to hold your hand as much or as little as you need us to every step of the way. When it is time for you to launch, we are confident that you will get back out there as a revitalized version of yourself.
What can I expect?
Therapy sessions are customized to meet each client’s need, but your first session is what we call an “intake” session where your therapist will gather background information about your history and goals for therapy. During subsequent sessions, we will discuss what’s going on in your life, emotions you’re experiencing and root causes, events that have taken place and how you’ve responded to them, challenges you are facing, and lessons learned, or insights gained from the previous session or sessions. The client/therapist relationship is collaborative. You will make greater progress when you actively participate in the therapeutic process.
Why do people generally seek counseling?
People seek counseling for many reasons. Many people seek extra support and help with developing coping skills when struggling with a major life transition, such as a divorce, a move or a new job. Others may be responding to trauma or experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, identity issues, grief, self-esteem challenges, addiction, work issues or just a sense of feeling “overwhelmed”. Many people have a specific goal in mind, perhaps a specific behavior that they would like to change or challenge they wish to overcome.
No matter how you arrive in counseling, we recognize the courage that it takes to seek help; we will meet you where you are and provide you with the support you need. We offer a “safe place” to go so that you can heal and regulate.
How can Counseling help me?
Counseling can offer many benefits, including but not limited to:
- Developing skills for improving your relationship with yourself and others
- Coping skills to manage stress, anxiety or or emotional challenges
- Learning new and effective problem-solving skills
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your life goals, and values
- Managing depression, grief, or anger effectively
- Understanding yourself
- Setting healthy boundaries and learning how to say “no”
- Attaining effective communication skills
- Gaining insight from unresolved childhood issues
- Replacing old and ineffective patterns of behavior with new ones
- Discovering new ways to resolve relationship issues
- Boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence
- Feeling acknowledged and supported
- Finding your purpose
What is the difference between counseling and therapy?
There’s no difference. Historically, the term counseling was used to describe professional help for “normal” or circumstantial problems whereas therapy implied that there was a deeper issue, such as a mental disorder or a problematic personality pattern. In practice today, the words are virtually interchangeable.
How can therapy help me?
There are too many benefits of participating in therapy to list! Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and coping strategies for a wide range of issues. Therapists, being objective, can provide a different or a fresh perspective on a problem that you have been struggling with.
The benefits of therapy depend on your commitment and level of readiness. Some benefits can include, boosting self-confidence or improving self-esteem, improving communication skills, learning/finding new coping skills, attaining a better understanding of yourself, changing old patterns and developing new ones, or managing your emotional feeling such as sadness, anger, or other highly charged emotions you may be feeling.
How do I know if I need counseling?
People see a therapist for a wide range of reasons including but not limited to stress management to a specific diagnosis. Sometimes an event occurs that causes an individual to seek out help, while for others, they may attend therapy because it provides a trained objective person to help them work through some issues they may have been struggling with for years. Counseling can be beneficial because a client may feel a sense of control in their life and have the tools to be able to make better decisions or changes in their life.