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 do I need to know about Teletherapy during COVID-19?
At this time, I am only able to offer teletherapy sessions to individuals who are located in the state of Illinois during the time of the call. You’ll also need to find a secure, quiet, confidential location where no one else can listen. I use a HIPAA compliant video platform. If you are unable to access the internet or if we run into technical difficulties, we can complete the session over the phone. It may also be a good idea to call your insurance carrier and ask if teletherapy sessions are covered.
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.