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Common Questions

How can your services help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling. We can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from our services include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Do I really need this?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, our services are for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are currently at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking guidance.

How do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for using our services. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship problems, and career conflicts. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking services are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

What is the experience like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for growth, each session will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous session.  Depending on your specific needs, services can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.

It is important to understand that you will get more results if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Those seeking services are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

Will our sessions remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. A successful process requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threaten to harm another person.