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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still." - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
How do I know if counseling is right for me?Some of us seek help from a licensed mental health counselor when we’re struggling in relationships, in vocation or with low self-image and self-esteem. Others may come to work on healing from addictions, anxiety, or depression. Most of us come when we are experiencing changes in our lives and want a little extra insight on where to go next. Talking with a counselor, provides that little extra "push" we are looking for to get unstuck and regain connection and courage. If you are looking to gain a healthier perspective on your world and are willing to work at practicing new, more helpful ways of thinking and relating, counseling may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Are prescription medications a substitution for counseling?Medication is often used to treat depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. It’s good to keep in mind that counseling goes beyond treating symptoms by teaching you skills that help to identify and change negative patterns. Many people find a combination of counseling and medication is most effective. If you feel medication may help you feel more balanced, it is always wise to consult your primary health provider.
How long does counseling last?Like anything worthwhile, counseling can take some work on your part and a bit of patience. But it does not have to be a process that takes months or years to be effective. We can work on your needs whether brief/short-term or long-term without losing sight of your treatment goals. Counseling does work and many people notice some improvement within the first few sessions.
What is the consultation and first session like?Many people experience a mixture of fear, anxiety, and anticipation when they seek counseling. This is natural. During the 15-minute consultation I ask you a few questions and answer any you may have of me. Before the first session, I provide you with some necessary paperwork to complete. We talk in greater depth about what brings you to counseling, what kinds of strategies you’ve used in the past that have worked and those that have not. Before ending, we may discuss some things to consider until our next meeting. The first few sessions are your chance to see if we will be a good fit for one another. In time, we’ll find ourselves in a relaxed, familiar rapport that allows you to focus on your therapeutic journey.
What makes counseling successful?The secret to success in counseling lies in finding someone you can connect with and working hard both in the session and out in the world where you put your new insights into practice.
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