Counseling is a professional relationship between the client and therapist that seeks to enable you to achieve mental health, wellness, and education or career goals. In order to accomplish this you may need to share personal problems, concerns, and experiences in order to reach a resolution. At times during the counseling process you may be asked to participate in homework, techniques, strategies, or assessments to support the therapeutic process. Counseling is an opportunity to gain insight, strategies, and tools to make effective changes in yourself and your life. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and experiences in a safe, nonjudgmental setting while identify goals and a plan of action.
Counseling is not about the therapist giving you the answers. Counseling is listening to your concerns or issues, helping to identify goals, and creating a plan of action to achieve those goals.
What will therapy be like?
The first session, the intake, will consist of completing all necessary forms and spending some time talking about why you're seeking services. Since each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual's needs. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and any new insights gained from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or concerns. The length and frequency of sessions will be dependent on how you progress through the therapeutic process but generally most therapy sessions will range from 45-60 minutes.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important aspects between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's 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 (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney, etc.), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
As your counselor I take your confidentiality very seriously and will not share your information with anyone without first having written informed consent. There are however 3 instances that a therapist may break confidentiality 1) if you are a threat to yourself (suicide), 2) if you threaten to harm someone else, or 3) in the case of past or present child or elder abuse.
Is insurance accepted?
Yes we currently accept::
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask are:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?