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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ: FAQ

WHAT IS COUNSELING?

Counseling is a collaborative process between a trained professional (therapist, counselor, clinician) and a client (you) to address emotional, mental, or behavioral concerns. Through confidential conversations and various techniques, counseling aims to improve your well-being and equip you with coping mechanisms for life's challenges.

DO I NEED COUNSELING?

Seeking counseling is a personal decision, and any reason affecting your daily life can be a valid reason to seek help. Some common reasons include:

  • Emotional distress: Anxiety, depression, grief, anger, loneliness

  • Relationship issues: Family conflicts, partner problems, social difficulties

  • Work-related stress: Burnout, career confusion, job dissatisfaction

  • Life transitions: Divorce, moving, retirement, major life changes

  • Addiction and recovery: Substance abuse, gambling, eating disorders

  • Trauma and abuse: PTSD, emotional neglect, physical abuse

  • Personal growth: Exploring self-esteem, communication skills, and achieving goals

WHAT HAPPENS IN A COUNSELING SESSION?

The first session typically involves getting acquainted and discussing your concerns. Subsequent sessions may involve exploring your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, while the therapist uses various approaches, such as talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or mindfulness techniques, to help you gain insight and develop coping mechanisms.

WHAT TYPES OF COUNSELING DO YOU OFFER?

There are many types of counseling, each tailored to specific needs. The most frequent types of counseling we provide include:

  • Individual counseling: Focusing on your personal needs and concerns.

  • Couples counseling: Addressing relationship issues with your partner.

  • Family counseling: Working on dynamics and communication within the family.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GO TO COUNSELING?

The frequency of sessions depends on your individual needs and goals. Initially, weekly sessions may be recommended, with gradual reduction as progress is made. Some people benefit from ongoing support, while others may only need short-term help.

IS COUNSELING CONFIDENTIAL?

Therapists are bound by ethical and legal obligations to maintain confidentiality. However, there may be exceptions in cases of potential harm to yourself or others. Your therapist will explain the limits of confidentiality in detail.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

Costs vary depending on the therapist's experience and type of insurance coverage. Self pay fees range from $85 to $125, with some of our clinicians offering sliding scales based on income. Insurance fees are determined by your insurance provider. Check with your clinician and insurance provider for cost details.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T CLICK WITH MY THERAPIST?

Finding the right therapist is crucial for a successful counseling experience. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about the fit, discuss your concerns with your therapist or consider seeking another professional.

This is just a starting point. Remember, counseling is a personal journey, and it's important to ask questions and choose a therapist who meets your needs and helps you feel comfortable.

HOW CAN I BOOK AN INTAKE SESSION?

There are several options for booking an initial session.

  • If there is a clinician you prefer, you can email them for an appointment by clicking on the contact button under their photo in the "Meet our Team" section.

  • You can submit an appointment request by completing the contact form on the "Contact" page

  • You can call or text our office at 859-493-TALK (8255)

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