If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life, when you are feeling stuck and unable to make a decision, it is a good time to consider counseling. Having an objective opinion from a professional therapist, who is trained in helping people resolve their problems, is a good idea to follow. When you keep doing the same things and getting the same results, and nothing seems to be working out the way you planned, it is time to see a counselor for help.
Begin with the immediate crisis or difficulty that brings you to therapy. It is not essential to present all the history of the problem in the very first session. It is better to outline the current source of your dilemma and discuss some of the ways in which you have tried to solve it. We will review your history as a way of understanding how you arrived at your present situation, and use this information to help you come up with some solutions.
We take your privacy very seriously. Your sense of privacy is insured as well as your right to confidentiality. If you would like us to share information about you or your family, we need your written permission to do so. In cases where a person's safety is endangered, such as disclosure of child sex abuse or neglect, elder abuse, and future or past illegal behavior, we are obligated professionally to contact the proper authorities.
There is no set time that an individual must engage in counseling. We work with people on both long and short term plans, depending on the severity of the problem and difficulties that are encountered along the way. Usually, one problem is caused by another, and it takes a while to uncover all the factors involved. We believe in making the counseling experience as effective as possible. We realize that change is a difficult thing to accomplish, and we have no way of knowing how long it will take.
When you have accomplished your goals and made the changes you wanted in your life. It is up to you to decide whether or not you have done what you wanted to do in coming to counseling. Often, one change leads to another, and you may realize that you have changed some things without even realizing it. It is important to evaluate your progress along the way, and see if there are other areas you would like to explore. As always, it is your decision to begin counseling and it is your decision to end it. When the time comes, you will know, and it will feel like the right thing to do.
People seek counseling for a variety of reasons including feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, worried, sad, or angry. People also seek out counseling to help change behaviors that are troubling them including addictive or disordered behaviors or behaviors that affect their relationships at home, at work, or at school. Some people seek counseling because they have a life goal that has been eluding them and they are ready to explore their barriers. Other people seek out counseling because they know they are going through a difficult time or facing a difficult decision and they desire a place to sort through their feelings and move forward in their life with intention and clear thinking.
You are welcome to call us from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. We do offer appoints on Saturday, but on a limited basis. Should you require a Saturday appointment, please let us know at the time you schedule your session.
You can expect to talk about the concern(s) that brought you into counseling and also about your background and personal history. You can share on a level that feels comfortable for you. You can also expect to have some brief paperwork to fill out.
Each session will usually last between 50 and 60 minutes or longer depending on your counseling needs. However this is often flexible and should be discussed with your counselor before attending the first session.