What is counseling?

According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is defined as, "a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals." Counseling involves helping people make necessary changes in their way of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Counseling is a goal-based collaborative process that involves a non-judgmental, supportive counselor who works with a you in setting reachable goals, and developing strategies and plans necessary to accomplishing these goals. For some people this process does not take long, and for others, the process may last longer.

Confidentiality is an extremely important part. All of the information discussed in your sessions will be accessible only by you and me, with a few exceptions. We will review these exceptions during our first meeting.

Can counseling help me?

Counseling can be effective in working with a variety of problems. However, a commitment from you necessary for any change to take place. You can talk with me about what is expected of this commitment in terms of time, effort, and goal-setting.

Is counseling only for people with serious emotional problems?

No, counselors often work with individuals who are struggling with difficult life circumstances and concerns. Everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives, and sometimes counseling is a good way to attain support to overcome these difficulty situations.

I don’t want people to think I’m crazy or weak

Being proactive and responsible for taking the steps necessary to seek help is far from being weak or crazy. Seeking counseling is a sign of your desire and strength to understand and deal with any challenges present in your life. I think it takes courage to explore sensitive areas of your life or difficult experiences. The alternative is doing nothing about these problems and ignoring them.

What can I expect during my first session?

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete the needed paperwork. You will then have time during the first session to address your areas of concern. I will ask additional questions in order to get a better understanding of your concerns.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes but can be made flexible.

What happens if I am late?

If you are late, we will end on time and not run over into the next person's session. If possible, please contact me if you are running late to your appointment. If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify me at least 48 hours in advance.

How private and confidential are our sessions?

Information shared during therapy is held in strict confidence.  When you come in, we will review a few forms regarding client rights and responsibilities that explain a few expectations and restrictions of confidentiality and privacy.

How many sessions will I need?

Sessions are generally once a week, but it all depends on your needs and current circumstances. Additional sessions can be scheduled when the need arises. There is no standard length of treatment. Duration is based on your individual needs.