Frequently asked questions

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    I have never had counseling before. What should I expect?
    The initial session is called an Assessment. In this session the therapist and the client build a good rapport through examining the problem areas and the discussion is centered around the effects of the problem and efforts that have been used to alleviate the issue. Focus then moves to realistic creating goals that will bring maximum improvement so that will help you to begin feeling better sooner.
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    How many sessions will I need?
    The number of sessions is mutually determined by the you and the therapist as goals are discussed. Affordability is considered when determining how many sessions are needed. The sessions are set with you in mind to help you reach your goals in a reasonable and realistic amount of time.
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    What is the difference between "counseling" and "coaching"?
    Counseling is a service provided by a licensed professional who is trained to work with clients who are struggling with disorders such as depression, anxiety, grief, post-traumatic disorder, and anger issues. The client works to explore the source of the problem by examining past experiences and feelings that may have developed as a result of the experience. The focus on counseling is to work towards resolving and stabilizing feelings and thoughts which produces healthy long-term mental health and an increase in confidence to handling life. Coaching is focused primarily focused on the future without the exploration of the "root" of what may have caused the problem. Many coaches help their clients to develop goals that will increase strength and capacity to embrace opportunity. Coaching provides accountability and support to increase feelings about approaching future goals.
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    How long are the sessions?
    Sessions are 50 min to an hour in length.
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    What are the benefits of talking to a therapist vs talking to a good friend?
    When talking to a friend, most tend to initially feel better. However, the feeling often dissipates and the problematic feelings return. When talking with a therapist, a client will receive clarity and vision about sources of the problem and how to begin to put together a solution for change. Friends tend to offer solutions that are based on their feelings about their friendship with you. With a therapist, a client will receive non-biased feedback that is not based on feelings but feedback that is based on facts. The therapist seeks to develop a contractual relationship with the client that is supportive and is based on helping the client move towards solution and truth. This frees the client to be open about feelings without having the worry of disrupting a good friendship.
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    How should I feel after the first session?
    Most clients feel an initial relief as they feel that they have gotten the opportunity to talk about what has been bothering them. Many may have the feeling that they do not need to continue based on having the feeling that things are better. However, you will want to continue with the therapist so that you can work on completing goals so that you can ensure that you have long-term improvement. When working with a therapist, it is important to have a supportive clinician who works with you on developing the strengths that will help you move beyond therapy. The goal is to build you up so that you can handle the changes that occur in life.
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    What if I want therapy and my spouse does not?
    You may want to consider individual therapy to work on resolving your feelings about your relationship. By working on your own issues, you will influence your spouse to consider making changes so that you can grow together. Counseling is never supposed to be forced on anyone. Allow your spouse to examine their own feelings and embrace the chance to improve together with you.
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    Does the therapist choose sides during therapy?
    Absolutely Not! Couples Therapy is about working through difficult areas and finding common ground or what is clinically called developing a new norm for the marriage. Each marriage goes through growth and change. Throughout the growth, individuals change at different times and this can cause stife in the marriage. The goal of the therapist is to help the individuals in the marriage recognize the change and adjust to it together.
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    What should I expect in the session?
    The initial session is called an Assessment. In this session the therapist and the couple build a good rapport through examining the problem areas and the discussion is centered around the effects of the problem and efforts that have been used to alleviate the issue. Focus then moves to realistic creating goals that will bring maximum improvement so that the couple in the relationship will help you to begin feeling better sooner.
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    How many sessions will we need?
    The amount of sessions are determined at during the first initial session. If additional sessions are needed, the therapist and the couple will discuss during a session. Some individual sessions may need to be scheduled to help one spouse work on individual issues that are inflicted upon the relationship.
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