Clients have many questions at the start of treatment. I welcome them. It is important to discuss any concerns you may have before we begin. Here are some common concerns I hear:
Do I need counseling?
Some people see asking for help as a sign of personal weakness or failure. I don’t agree with that. The decision to pursue professional counseling can be the best decision you’ve ever made. Don’t compare your troubles to others who you think have it worse or beat yourself up by telling yourself you “should” be able to handle it. Why put a limit on how much peace, happiness and fulfillment you want to achieve in life? Getting counseling is not a cop out; it is the decision to make the enjoyment of life a priority, by facing the things, great or small, that are sapping the pleasure from your life.
Does it really work?
Counseling is a collaborative process in which client and counselor work together to effect positive change. Research has proven that counseling can be effective when clients are fully invested in the process and are willing to examine themselves honestly. Counseling can help a client to manage stress and anxiety, conquer addiction, support sobriety, increase self-esteem and confidence, improve communication and listening skills, process anger, grief and loss, improve relationships, relieve depression, and heal from trauma.
How long does it take and how much will it cost?
The length of therapy is decided by each individual client, which means you will end treatment whenever you decide to do so. Ideally, clients will stay in treatment long enough to find resolution to their struggles and achieve their goals. This is different for everyone. Some find immediate relief, others prefer to focus on long-term goals. The choice and freedom is yours.
The cost for each session is $75 for a 50 minute session. Clients typically want to meet once a week, but again, this is up to you. If you prefer to meet every other week that can easily be arranged.
Will this be covered by my insurance?
I do not accept insurance at this time. If this is a hinderance for you I do offer a sliding scale decided on a case by case basis. It may be that I will accept your co-payment or co-insurance amount as my fee. I can also provide a superbill that can be submitted for FSA or HRA reimbursements, or as out-of-network.
Are you going to tell me what to do and dictate how I should live my life?
Carl Rogers, a famous counselor, says it best: “It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.” As my client, you will be the guide to the direction we take in treatment. I am a direct therapist, and I don’t hold back on offering my perspective, but I allow all my clients to be the expert in their own lives. I will take your direction on what you want out of treatment and help you move forward in achieving your goals and aspirations. And we can take as long as you like to decide, because doing nothing while we look for clarity is, in fact, doing something.
What to expect
Your first day of counseling can be anxiety-producing. Let me put you more at ease by explaining how our first meeting will proceed. I will go over some brief paperwork with you and answer any initial questions, then ask you what has brought you in. Answering this is easy for some and difficult for others. Don’t worry, we will figure it out together.
Please be aware that as the treatment proceeds some symptoms may get worse before they get better. This is normal. It means you are working hard and getting out of your comfort zone. This is how change occurs. You will set the pace and choose the direction. You will be in control.