How do I know if I need counseling?
There are several things to consider when making your decision about participating in counseling:
If you feel like you’re stuck and not getting anywhere, this might be a good time to talk with a counselor who can help you to identify some options and guide you in a different direction.
If you are experiencing a normal life transition (i.e., birth of a child, children starting school, parenting a teenager, children going to college, caring for aging parents), a counselor can assist you in navigating these sometimes challenges life stages.
If you are not satisfied with your relationship, or if you just need a tune up, a counselor can help you “service” your relationship and assist you in learning how to experience the closeness and intimacy that God created you for.
If you are experiencing a crisis, a counselor can help you to sort through your intense emotions and provide you with support as you seek to once again find a sense of normalcy and stability.
What kinds of issues are addressed in counseling?
I provide counseling that assists clients in the following areas:
- Adoption and Attachment Issues
- Pre-marital Counseling
- Parent/Child Relationship Issues
- Single Parent and Stepfamily Issues
- Children/Teenagers and Trauma
- Anger Management
- Divorce Recovery
- Adoption Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Adjustment Problems
- Stress Management
- Depression and Anxiety
- Emotional and Physical Affairs
Because everyone that steps into my office is at a different place in their journey, the length of the counseling experience varies from person to person. We will have a better idea of the length of your counseling experience after a thorough evaluation of the issues that led you to pursue counseling.
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking therapy services are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change, and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Perspectives to illuminate patterns and negative feelings
- Compassion, respect, and understanding
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
How will I know when I’m done with counseling?
Early on in the counseling experience, we will set goals that will help to guide you towards health and wholeness. When you feel that you have accomplished your goals, we will stop therapy at that time. The door is always open for your to come back for further sessions in the future.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor can help you to determine what is best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
What are your counseling fees?
My fee for counseling appointments is as follows:
- $140 initial 45-50 minute intake session
- $120 45 minute session
Do you accept health insurance as primary payment?
To schedule an appointment, you can contact me by phone at (615) 308-7804 or by e-mail at [email protected]. I will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.