Frequently Asked Questions
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I help people who are dealing with various types of challenges such as:
I view the counseling process as an interactive exchange of information and ideas designed to enhance and enrich the lives of all those involved. My job is not to tell you what to do, but to help you address the concerns that you are currently facing in a productive way. We will develop goals and work on them together. The length of time spent in counseling varies greatly among people.
Trying new behaviors and talking about unpleasant aspects of your life can push you out of your comfort zone, resulting in feelings of discomfort, pain, anger, sadness, guilt, and frustration.
Counseling has been shown to have benefits such as reduced feelings of hopelessness and distress, increased satisfaction with relationships, increased awareness and insight, and increased coping skills.
I cannot guarantee any specific results, but I am committed to upholding my responsibilities as your counselor. In order to achieve any success, you must also be willing to do your part. I may ask you to complete exercises and assignments at home or suggest reading materials that I think may be helpful for you.
Our first meeting is dedicated to sharing important information with one another. Prior to our first appointment, I will send you some forms to fill out and bring with you. During this meeting, we talk about your concerns, what symptoms you are experiencing, your health and current medications, what you would like to see happen as a result of counseling, important facts about the counseling relationship, and the structure of our work together.
A typical counseling session will last for approximately 50 minutes. We discuss your symptoms, practice techniques, and work on the goals that we have set as part of your treatment. Sessions occur on a schedule that we determine based on your needs.
My background and experience is working with adults age 18 and older. There are many competent professionals in our area who work with children.
I am not a member of any insurance plans or panels. Upon your request, I will provide you with an invoice for my services that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement consideration. Many clients use HSA accounts to pay for counseling services. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company directly for further information about approved HSA usage.
I offer a sliding fee scale for people who are experiencing financial hardships. (A sliding fee scale is a structure used to determine cost based on a person's income and ability to pay.) Feel free to contact me for further details.