What is Counseling?
Counseling is a confidential professional relationship in which
an individual is seeking help with a life concern, such as anxiety,
depression, or unresolved conflict within a family or with a
significant other.  The role of the counselor is to create a safe
place to begin to help the client identify, express and begin to
lessen the pain of their concern though a variety of strategies.  
The client and the counselor are continually monitoring
progress to achieve the agreed upon goals.
How many sessions does a person usually attend?
The counselor meets with the client initially to assess the
problem and the length of treatment.  Usually after three
sessions a definite plan and length of treatment is agreed upon.
What is the difference between family, marriage and
individual counseling?

Family counseling includes most members of the family,
including children and possibly even extended family.  The
purpose is to focus on the interactions of the members of the
family to create more healthy patterns so every individual in
the family can reach his or her potential.

Marriage counseling is focused on the couple's relationship and
only the two partners are in the session.  Focus is on healthy
communication, trust issues, parenting, emotional regulation,
and helping each partner give and receive love.

Individual counseling is meeting with the individual client to
help with the client's presenting concern.  It can vary from
specific ways to handle anxiety or depression, grief counseling,
understanding of self better to improve confidence and self
esteem, anger management problems, and emotionally
regulating self.
Does insurance pay for counseling?
Many insurance companies include counseling in their benefit
plans.  We will facilitate this process if your insurance company
does reimburse for counseling.  We also treat many people
who self pay and do not use their insurance.  The fee scale is
discussed with the counselor upon the initial phone call.
Is counseling confidential?
Yes, it is very important that counseling is confidential.  There
are exceptions, however, in serious circumstances such as when
there is a threat of suicide, a threat of harm to another person,
or child abuse.  It is required by law that we report this.

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