Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions
We know there are a lot of questions people have and a lot of information people want when starting/researching therapy. Read on to find the answers to the most commonly asked questions. You can also find more information on our blog page. If you have a question that isn't listed, please call us at (727) 201-2577 and we'd be happy to answer it for you!
What to expect at your first counseling session?
During your first therapy session you will be establishing a connection with your therapist and getting to know one another. You will most likely be discussing your struggles and why you’ve decided to start therapy. This is a good time to express your goals and expectations moving forward, so that your therapist will be able to take the best approach to help you heal and move towards a healthier and happier life. Therapists are here to give you guidance and help you navigate your feelings and emotions. Therapy is a place where you should feel heard and understood. Always feel free to ask your therapist any questions or concerns you may have during the session!
How to find the right therapist?
The connection between you and your therapist is essential! Ultimately, your therapist is going to be your partner throughout your healing process. You will want to be sure your therapist is someone you feel comfortable with and that you feel is trustworthy. It’s best to find a therapist who specializes in what you're going through. This gives them more insight and understanding into what you’re struggling with. You can read about each of our therapists on our website to get an idea of who you believe will be the best fit for you. Our receptionist is familiar with each therapist’s specialties and qualities. She would be more than happy to assist you in determining which clinician would be right for you.
A couple questions to ask yourself when starting out with a therapist:
-Do you feel seen, heard, and respected during your session?
-Does the therapist brush off or invalidate your concerns?
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1. What is mental health counseling?
Mental health counseling involves a therapeutic process where a trained professional helps individuals, couples, or families address emotional and psychological challenges. It focuses on improving mental well-being, managing stress, enhancing coping skills, and promoting personal growth.
2. How can counseling help me?
Counseling can provide a safe and supportive space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. A counselor can help you gain insights into your behaviors, develop healthy coping strategies, improve relationships, and work towards achieving your personal goals. It can be an effective way to manage anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and other mental health issues.
3. How long are counseling sessions?
Typically, counseling sessions last for 50-60 minutes. However, the duration may vary depending on your specific needs and the treatment plan developed by your counselor. During the initial session, you can discuss session length and frequency with your counselor.
4. How many sessions will I need?
The number of counseling sessions required varies depending on individual circumstances. Some people may find significant progress after just a few sessions, while others may need longer-term therapy. Your counselor will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals and needs.
5. Is counseling confidential?
Yes, confidentiality is an essential aspect of counseling. As mental health professionals, we adhere to strict ethical guidelines and legal obligations to protect your privacy. Information shared during sessions is kept confidential, unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or others. Your counselor will discuss the limits of confidentiality during your first session.
6. How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please call our office at [phone number] or email us at [email address]. Our friendly staff will assist you in finding a convenient time for your appointment and answer any questions you may have. We strive to respond to all inquiries promptly.
7. What are your fees? Do you accept insurance?
Our counseling fees vary depending on the type of service and duration of sessions. We accept various payment methods and can discuss the fees during your initial contact. We also provide documentation for clients to submit to their insurance companies for potential reimbursement. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
8. Can I choose a specific counselor?
Yes, you can request a specific counselor if you have a preference. We have a team of qualified professionals with diverse specialties. If you have specific needs or preferences, please let us know, and we will do our best to match you with the most suitable counselor.
9. Can counseling be done online?
Yes, we offer online counseling services for clients who prefer remote sessions or are unable to attend in-person appointments. Online counseling provides flexibility and accessibility while maintaining the same level of professionalism and effectiveness as in-person sessions.
10. What should I expect in my first counseling session?
In your first session, your counselor will discuss your reasons for seeking counseling, your goals, and your relevant personal history. They may ask questions to gain a better understanding of your situation. It's also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to assess if you feel comfortable working with your counselor.
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