Q & A

What is Professional Counseling?

Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. (American Counseling Association, 2017)

How long does counseling take?

Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that you pursued counseling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. However, some insurance companies and managed care plans may limit the number of sessions for which they pay. Check with your health plan to find out more about any limitations in your coverage. (ACA, 2017) 

What about confidentiality?

Professional Counselors are bound by legal requirements as well as professional codes of ethics to ensure that information shared within a counseling relationship remain private and confidential. However, exceptions exist when there is knowledge of harm or intent to harm self or others.

How will I know if it's working?

You are achieving your goals or making good progress in pursuit of them. Or you are better able to cope with problems that have not subsided.

What if I don't get the results I want?

Rest assured, therapy is work! If various interventions have not been helpful, it is important to evaluate the counselor-client relationship. The best results always include a positive counseling relationship and the right attitude and readiness for change.

More Questions?

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about therapy or the services that I provide. Please use the Contact Us form on this site with your questions.

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