Below are some Common Questions about Counseling.
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Is counseling for me?
Counseling can be one of the best decisions you make in an effort to deal with the changes that occur in your life. It can be beneficial in attaining personal growth, coping with relationships and family concerns. Counseling is most beneficial when you utilize the process and use skills discussed in sessions. Other benefits available from therapy include:
- Gaining a better understanding of yourself
- Finding new skills to improve your relationships
- Finding resolutions to the issues or concerns
- Learning ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Coping with anger, depression, and other emotional concerns
- Increasing and improving communications and listening skills
- Developing new behavior patterns
- Learning new ways to solve problems in your family
- Improving your self-esteem and self-confidence
Is counseling really necessary?
Counseling can provide that support through providing direction, coping skills, new strategies to deal with family and personal problems and the new ideas to allow for positive change.
Why do people go to counseling?
There is no one reason why people seek out counseling. It could be that there have been changes in your life such as divorce, separation or a blended family. It could be related to ongoing stress at work or within your personal relationships. No matter what the reason is that people go to counseling the end result should be a positive experience in an accepting environment where change can occur.
What is counseling like?
Counseling varies depending on the issues that you come into counseling to address. As a counselor my job is to help you explore what is going on in your life and help you find out ways to change it, make it better, increase positive interactions with your friends and family or just find ways to feel better to name a few examples. The sessions will be geared to what is impacting you and/or your family and can vary. The most important part of therapy is coming to sessions with a willingness to be open and honest and to work on skills after session.
Do you take insurance?
As detailed in the intake paperwork, it is your responsibility to ensure that counseling is covered by your insurance company and your liability. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What will my copay or deductible be per session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is very important and will be maintained by your therapist. Please see the intake paperwork for the specifics related to confidentiality.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders.
- Harm to self or has threatened to harm another person.