You can expect counseling to be time-limited (aka there should be a start and end time when working with a counselor…you shouldn’t need to see a counselor forever). You can expect counseling to be goal-directed (aka you come to counseling because you have a specific goal you want to achieve, once that goal is met, the counseling should end). You can expect to work in collaboration with your counselor (aka view counseling as a partnership between you and your counselor; it’s not a one-sided dictatorship with the counselor telling you what to do or not to do). You can expect to experience personal growth during counseling, in fact, it’s kind of inevitable. You can expect to see positive change in your life as a direct result of counseling. You can expect to be pleasantly surprised to find that counseling is enjoyable, good for your self-care, and overall a positive experience.
Call me directly. We’ll talk briefly on the phone, typically no more than 10 minutes needed. I will address any questions or concerns that you might have, obtain your insurance information if applicable, and schedule our first appointment together. I’ve found that having this phone call together prior to the meeting is really effective at making new clients feel more at ease.
You’ll first complete some very simple paperwork, this should take no more than 10 minutes tops. The remainder of the session is twofold: for you to get a good sense whether you want to work with me and if I am the best person to help; and for me to get a better understanding of why you’re here and what you’re wanting to get out of counseling. We’ll wrap up the session by coming up with a plan on how to best help you achieve your goals.
Though it varies depending on what your goals are, the average length of counseling time is around 6 months or 12 sessions. However, I’ve had clients successfully meet their objectives in as few as two sessions, while still others opt to continue working together on an as-needed basis because they enjoy coming and view counseling as an important part of their self-care routine.
When we first start working together I recommend meeting one time per week or at the very least one time every other week. This allows us to more easily build rapport and for you to start seeing progress quickly. As you start to experience positive change and achieve success the frequency of our sessions will begin to scale back to once every other week, then to once per month, and so forth. Deciding when to scale back on how often we meet is a collaborative process, but ultimately decided by you the client.
Goodness no! Unfortunately, TV shows and movies do a really bad job of portraying what counseling looks like and perpetuating inaccurate stereotypes. Though there is a couch in my office it’s only because sitting on a couch is far superior compared to sitting on a folding chair or examining table. I want you to feel comfortable during our sessions together, hence a comfy couch to sit upon.
An average session will last for approximately 50 minutes give or take. During this time we’ll review the progress you’ve made towards your goal, address any barriers that came up along the way, and tailor a plan on how to help you continue moving forward.
Cost per session is $120. If you have health insurance whether through your parents or employer, your plan may partially or completely cover the cost of your counseling sessions.
Let me help you. Call me and I will find out your insurance benefits for you. Alternatively, you can call the customer service number provided on the back of your insurance card and ask about benefits for outpatient mental health counseling sessions, or go online and look up these benefits there. You’ll need to find out whether you have a deductible, copay, or coinsurance.
Psychiatrists have a medical degree and completed a medical residency in psychiatry. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication to treat mental health disorders. If you are interested in taking medication, a psychiatrist would be your best choice.
Psychologists have an advanced degree in psychology and completed a one-year internship. Psychologists have received specialized training in administering and interpreting test results. If you need testing completed in order to determine whether you have a learning disability a psychologist would be your best choice.
Counselors have an advanced degree in counseling and completed a one-year internship. Counselors receive specialized training in providing individual, group, and couples therapy. If you are looking to make behavioral changes or achieve specific life goals a counselor would be your best choice.
There are many potential reasons for why counseling may not have worked for you in the past, here are just a few: the previous counselor may not have been a good fit for your needs i.e. he or she didn’t specialize in what you were dealing with or you didn’t have an especially good working relationship with him or her; you may not have wanted to see a counselor back then i.e. you were younger and a parent or guardian forced you to see someone despite whether that’s what you really wanted or not; you may have seen a lousy counselor. There are some quacks out there for sure. Clients have recalled how former counselors just sat there and never said anything during their sessions, blamed and put down the clients, or even talked about their own problems. Those are examples of really (emphasis on really) bad counseling!
Here’s why working with me will be different: Prior to even meeting together, we’ll talk on the phone to help ensure that your goals are in line with my specialization. If you are a current college student, recent graduate, or young professional dealing with stress, anxiety, or big life changes then I am the person you want to see. If we’re not a good match, I will do my best to connect you with a provider who does specialize in what you’re looking for help with; I have the education and experience to confidently state that I provide exemplary counseling that is tailored to your individual needs. Though I can’t make grand sweeping and unrealistic promises, I can guarantee that at the very least you will feel better when leaving my office.
The most consistent feedback that I hear from clients is that they genuinely enjoy working with me, that our sessions were positive and productive, and that they were most surprised to discover that counseling was actually a fun and enriching process. My counseling style is person-centered, solution-focused, and goal-oriented. I strive to be authentic and relatable with my clients and provide a counseling environment that feels comfortable, safe and affirming. I’m an optimist with a good sense of humor and like to view humor as an extremely effective therapeutic tool. I really love the work that I do and believe that this is evident when working with me.
You still have doubts?
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