Counseling is an opportunity to address the issues and challenges in your life with a trained, licensed and experienced professional in a private environment. Every session is focused and uninterrupted time that’s dedicated to you.
Your counselor has expertise and experience in your area of concern and will act as a guide, confidant and comforter who will help you make the changes you want to make.
The length of a counseling session can vary from counselor to counselor, but typically they’re around 50 minutes.
Counseling sessions are usually once a week, however you and your counselor may agree to meet more or less often depending on your needs.
Yes, the information shared between you and your counselor is strictly confidential. The only way information is shared with anyone, is if you give written permission or if there is a concern with safety. Your privacy is maintained outside of our office as well. Should you and your counselor see each in public, your counselor will do everything possible to protect your privacy, including not acknowledging you.
That’s the big question, and the answer is that it depends. It depends on what you’re working on, the time you’re willing to put into it and the level of improvement you want. Typically, people see a counselor for anywhere between three months to over a year. You’ll know you’re done with counseling when you’ve accomplished what you set out to do and you feel ready to meet life’s challenges on your own.
Yes, feel free to contact your counselor as needed by calling and leaving a confidential voicemail. You and your counselor can discuss calling, and email options.
Payment is expected at time of service. If you are using insurance, we can help you identify which counselors are in your network and determine how much of the cost your insurance covers.
We make counseling affordable with our Mental Health Access Program. Through this program we provide fee-subsidized counseling and psychological testing for individuals, couples and families who are unemployed, low-income or otherwise unable to afford the services they need and deserve. If you’d like to use our program, please contact us for more information.
Yes, most often counseling “works” because your counselor helps you to identify your challenges and goals, and then tailors each session to specifically address them. Counseling may result in getting a different perspective on your experiences; exploring and discovering things about yourself; making changes to unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving; processing difficult experiences; and learning healthy coping skills. During and after counseling it’s very likely you’ll experience things like clarity, understanding, acceptance, calm, courage, hope and change.