What are the Benefits of Counseling and or Therapy?
The main benefit of counseling/ therapy is that it enables clients to find a resolve to the concerns or issues that caused them to look for therapy. In fact, therapy provides new perspectives on difficult problems and thus assists clients in finding a suitable solution. It empowers "you" the client to make better decisions. Counseling/ Therapy allows "you" the client a sounding board, a great place to organize your thoughts and it helps to reduce stress. Lastly, you have the knowledge that another person understands your situation.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
No. We offer self-pay options for clients who need them.
How long is a counseling/ therapy session?
A normal counseling/ therapy session is approximately 50 minutes but can vary based
upon the age of the client and or the needs of the client. During client crisis situations
sessions may run longer.
How long is treatment?
Treatment duration usually lasts anywhere between eight to twelve weeks but can last
longer based on the severity of issues presented and determined treatment goals.
Will counseling/therapy cause further harm to client?
The goal of Counseling/Therapy is to cause no further harm but as a client’s past and or issues are explored during treatment it is common that the client may experience heightened emotions to include anger, sadness and or anxiety to be worked out during ongoing treatment with counselor/therapist.
Is information discussed in counseling 100% confidential?
Our therapists do abide by all laws and professional ethics concerning confidentiality. In general, we will never tell another person anything you and your family share in the counseling sessions. However, there are a few exceptions:
1. We are legally obligated to inform the police if you give us reason to believe that you will harm yourself or another person. We are also obligated to inform the potential victim. If we do believe that you will harm yourself, we will also contact a crisis team.
2. We are legally obligated to inform the police and Child Protective Services if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of child abuse. Also, if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of elder or dependent adult abuse, we will notify the police and Social Services.
3. If we are court ordered to do so, we may be obligated to release records or personal information or testify in court. Please know that we will make an attempt to gain your consent before sharing any information with a third party.
4. We may consult with a supervisor or other professional about the treatment of you and your family. In these circumstances, we will only act in a manner that will enhance our working relationship and provide you the best care possible. We will not provide the other professional with your name or identity. Rest assured that this individual will also abide by professional ethics concerning your confidentiality.
*Please also be aware that if we are seeing you as a couple, we maintain a “No Secrets” policy. This means that any information disclosed to your therapist individually may be discussed in the couple’s counseling session if he/she feels it is for the best of the therapeutic relationship.
If we are counseling children or minors, general confidentiality ethics apply. However, with children under the age of 12, we will discuss the details of our work with the child’s parent or guardian. Any minor over the age of 12 will be told that the details of their counseling sessions will be kept confidential expect for general information to a parent or guardian of how the sessions are going. Also, the same legal exceptions will apply (see #1 – 4 above.)