Frequently Asked Questions

I've never been to counseling before. Tell me about it. 

Counseling is not scary, and it's probably not like what you have seen on television. 

Sitting comfortably on chairs (no lying on couches!), we will simply talk about what you're facing. At times, I might teach you a new skill to use to counteract the issue. I have a very collaborative approach, so you will decide on your goal, and I will support you as you attain it, offering my clinical judgement and expertise. Additionally, don't expect me to tell you exactly what to do. Everyone is different, and advice that works for one person will not automatically work for another. 

What is the first session like?

Our first session is all about getting to know one another and building comfort. I will ask you to describe what brought you into counseling as I get to know you a little better. At the end of the session, we will solidify the goals you have for counseling and discuss what approach we might use to help you find relief.

Is counseling confidential?

Keeping your story between the two of us is extremely important. For the most part, what happens in counseling will not be shared with anyone else unless you sign a 'release of information' indicating who you would like me to talk to and why (e.g., your primary doctor for the purpose of establishing a diagnosis for medication). 

However, safety is also very important. In cases of imminent harm to yourself or others, I may need to share information with the appropriate authorities or medical professionals. I may also have to share information if subpoenaed during a court case. 

How many sessions will I need to feel better? 

I wish I could give you a firm number; however there are many factors to consider, including the severity and complexity of the issue and how motivated you are to try new skills to counteract the issue. 

If you are willing to put in the time and effort, try new skills, and embrace change (even when it's hard), you will likely feel better faster!