Why do people seek counseling?
Counseling is a process of change and growth. People seek counseling for a number of different reasons at different stages of life. When children are involved it can be helpful to have some guidance in distinguishing between age appropriate behaviors and behaviors that indicate a more serious problem. Others may seek counseling to help handle distressing situations such as divorce, the death of a loved one, or other changes in the family. Many people also seek counseling for more chronic issues such as anxiety, depression, or behavioral disorders.
How does counseling with children differ from counseling with adults?
The parent is expected to be an active participant in counseling, along with the child. Parental feedback is obtained at each session and is an essential element throughout the therapeutic process. There are some treatment approaches used with adults that are not appropriate for young children due to their developmental level. Since play is said to be a “child’s language”, we may utilize play therapy techniques to assist children in communicating difficulties they may not have the verbal language to express.
What benefits will I see from participating in counseling sessions?
Counseling requires you to be an active participant both during sessions and between sessions. You may learn to identify behaviors that are causing problems in your family, thoughts that are contributing to unwanted feelings, or learn a new skill set to manage behaviors. As with all new things, we must have practice in order to get better. Therefore, much of this change and growth occurs outside of the counseling office while you are practicing your new skills.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
During the first appointment you will meet with a counselor to discuss your concerns including the reasons for seeking treatment and what you hope to accomplish by participating in counseling. The paperwork you complete during the first appointment will be reviewed and discussed in order for the counselor to gain a better understanding of you, your concerns, and your goals for treatment. You may use this time to ask any questions you may have about the counseling process including length of treatment, frequency of sessions, and treatment modalities used.
How long will I need to be in counseling?
The length of treatment varies depending on many different factors such as what issues are being addressed, how often appointments are scheduled, and how quickly you progress toward your treatment goals.
How much will it cost?
All or part of this fee may be covered by your health insurance depending on your benefits. You will need to call your insurance company prior to the first appointment and verify the amount of coverage allowed, including co-pay amounts. In addition to filing insurance, we also accept cash and all major credit cards and debit cards. If you do not have insurance, please contact the office so we can determine the session fees.
We recommend asking your insurance company the following questions:
- Does my health insurance cover mental health treatment?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Do I need to have approval from my primary care physician before beginning treatment?