Why is it important to seek counseling?
When mental, emotional and interpersonal concerns are affecting regular functioning, it may be a good time to seek help. Professional support not only provides a safe place to be heard, but also offers effective coping techniques and helpful strategies to implement in seeking solutions. Counseling gives clients a partner to work through their concerns and help empower them to make change.
How much time is spent in therapy?
Sessions typically last between 45 – 50 minutes, and most people being with weekly sessions. Over time, session meetings may become less frequent, depending on the client’s needs, progress and goals.
What happens in the first session?
There is some brief paperwork to complete during the first session, which takes about 5 minutes to complete. This includes the informed consent that discusses office policies, expectations and confidentiality. You will sign that you are consenting to outpatient therapy, agreeing to privacy practices, and will need to provide insurance and payment information. Then you will be asked to share what you would like to focus on in therapy. This may include indicating symptoms, seeking solutions to concerns, or discovering new goals. You may be asked more specific questions regarding your concerns, and will discuss goals or a possible treatment plan.
What’s included with the fitness and nutrition aspects?
Depending on the individual, this may vary greatly. Some may only want to participate in guided groups and workshops focusing on receiving support with food, learning more about food and strategies for exercise, and participating in a group discussion. Individual clients attending therapy may be asked to look at their lifestyle habits and discuss their needs. This may range from maintaining a successful regimen that is already working; exploring lifestyle habits that may increase stress; or could be a minimal focus if clinical counseling needs are the presenting interest.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. Your information shared in therapy is protected. Confidentiality is discussed in detail during your first session before signing the informed consent.
How many sessions do I need to attend?
There is no limit to your therapy sessions. Some may attend 6-8 sessions, while some may stay in therapy for years. The benefits of therapy are unique to each individual, so it usually is based on each person’s goals and progress.