WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a unique, confidential, therapeutic, helping relationship. In this relationship, the therapist acts as a facilitator in helping the client to more accurately understand him/herself and the world around him/her and to better understand their feelings and behaviors. Discussion of whatever is important and impacting someone’s life can enable an individual to grow toward greater freedom in making mature choices and taking responsible action.
WHAT KINDS OF CONCERNS BRING PEOPLE TO COUNSELING?
Difficulties with life transitions, poor coping, history of stress and trauma impacting functioning, depressive symptoms, anxiety, conflictual relationships, parenting struggles, infertility, grief/loss, etc.
WHAT IS COUNSELING LIKE?
Counseling will be a different experience for different people, as I will strive to meet your individual needs based on your unique set of circumstances. Initial appointments will consist of gathering history, as well as identifying personal goals and hopes for counseling. It is my job to ensure you are receiving quality care. If, by chance, I am not a good match for you and your needs, I will refer you to a trusted colleague with specialization in your area of need. I pull from many modalities, all with a trauma-informed approach.
WHAT IS GROUP COUNSELING?
Group counseling can be a useful alternative or supplement to individual counseling. It may be the best option for individuals who are coping with relationship or interpersonal concerns, but may also be appropriate for those with issues such as depression or anxiety. Contact me to learn about upcoming/ongoing group sessions.
WHAT IS COUPLES/FAMILY COUNSELING?
Couples and family counseling are opportunities to work with your partner or other family members on issues that may be negatively impacting your relationship. You may focus on communication skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, or making decisions about your future together.
WILL WHAT I SAY IN COUNSELING BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I abide by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. This means that information about your counseling sessions is not shared with anyone without your express written permission. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, however. If there is the possibility of harm to the client or another person, or in cases of child or elder abuse, I am required — as a mandated reporter — to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. Please see the NASW confidentiality standards here.
HOW OFTEN WILL I MEET WITH MY YOU?
The frequency of therapy will be discussed on an ongoing basis. Sessions as often as twice weekly are available, as well as monthly “check-ins” as your treatment needs grow and evolve over time.
It is very important that you arrive early or on time for your scheduled appointments. Regular, timely attendance to therapy will be instrumental in achieving your therapeutic goals. If, for some reason, you are unable to make it to your scheduled session, please contact me 24 hours ahead of time to avoid no-show fees.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO BE IN COUNSELING?
There is no magic number or formula to determine how long one might be in counseling. For some, counseling is a brief relationship to help manage a present, isolated situation. For many, therapy involves addressing issues which span over one’s lifetime. We will speak regularly about your progress, and my hope is that you will feel comfortable discussing this on an ongoing basis.
WHEN WILL I START TO FEEL BETTER?
Symptom relief may come from increased use of a variety of skills, including changing thought patterns, behaviors, relationships, and choices. Some feel better during their initial or first few sessions just because they know they are no longer alone in their struggle. Please remember: It is important that you communicate if there are concerns related to your progress so that we can determine what changes may need to be made.