What is counseling?
Counseling, also known as therapy, is a collaborative process in which a counselor and a client build a therapeutic relationship with the goal of increasing the well being of the Client by engaging in work to promote personal growth. Counseling is safe and confidential, though there are limited amount of situations in which such confidentiality must be breached, according to the law.
What can I expect at my first counseling appointment?
During your first counseling appointment, or your intake session, your Counselor will be reviewing intake forms, such as informed consent, payment agreement, among others as well as explaining the counseling process. You will have the opportunity to express the reason you are seeking counseling and your Counselor will ask questions pertaining to such concerns. You and your Counselor will also have the opportunity to establish some goals for your counseling experience.
How often do I meet with my Counselor?
The frequency of therapy is mutually agreed upon by you and your Counselor and is largely based on your presenting issues and the goals of treatment. Sessions are 45-60 minutes long and can range from meeting once per week to once per month.
It is very important that you arrive early or on-time for your scheduled appointments. Regular, timely attendance of your counseling sessions will help you to achieve your counseling goals. If for some reason you are unable to make it to your scheduled session, please call us with 24 hours in advance.
Common Misconceptions about Counseling
- “Seeking Counseling is a sign of weakness or it means that I am crazy”
- Contrary to this belief, it takes a great deal of emotional strength and courage to seek help for problems that may be too overwhelming to manage alone.
- “My Counselor will fix me or my problems right away”
- The goal of counseling is not for someone else or your Counselor to “fix” your problems. Our Counseling team is here to help you to identify those concerns and to set goals for yourself. Solving those problems may involve working with your Counselor to explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. The greatest work in counseling will always be done outside of session by the Client. YOU are the best one to fix your problems!
- “My Counselor can’t understand what I am going through, because they’re not going through it themselves”
- Each of our Counselors in our team has been trained to be sensitive, informed and respectful of your particular issues. Just like we would go to a doctor to address certain illness and the doctor does not have to be undergoing that illness to help you, you Counselor has been equipped to assist you navigate through your presenting concerns despite them not having gone through it themselves.