I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In your work with us, we can help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
What is the difference between Intern Staff, LPC-Associate, and an LPC?
All staff have a Master’s level of education in counseling or a counseling-related field. Intern staff have finished their studies and are working to complete the face-to-face counseling portion of their program. LPC-Associates have graduated and are on the first level of their state license before they move into the full status of LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). While education levels are the same, experience will vary from person to person and the cost of sessions may reflect that.
Can I use my insurance with anyone at the practice?
No. You can only use insurance to see an in-network LPC because insurance companies will currently only provide in-network status to an LPC. Although you can NOT use your insurance benefits, reduced-cost sessions are a perk of seeing either Intern staff or an LPC-Associate.
Do you take Medicaid or Medicare
At this time, this practice does not have the ability to see clients using any government-related healthcare coverage. We do try to provide affordable options that don’t involve using insurance.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. Your counselor will tailor their therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Talking with your specific counselor about what to do between sessions will help you get more out of your counseling experience.
What are the Ethical Guidelines that are maintained by this practice?
This practice follows the guidelines set out by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Feel free to explore the links below for further details.
NBCC Code of Ethics
NBCC Distance Counseling