Frequently Asked Questions About Counseling
It’s natural for you to have questions about your decision to explore counseling. The information below is intended to help answer your questions. However, if you have a question that is not addressed, please contact me.
How long are therapy sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
What can I expect during the first session?
I will create a safe and welcoming environment while gathering information about your presenting issue or reasons for seeking counseling. I’ll also gather information about your history (family, work, other stressors, etc.). There is some basic paperwork that we will complete together regarding your contact information, insurance, confidentiality, etc.
Is what we talk about confidential?
What we discuss in counseling remains confidential. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Should you mention thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself, or hurt someone else, or if you discuss knowledge or actions related to child or elder abuse, confidentiality may be broken.
How frequent are sessions?
Typically sessions occur once per week. Together you and I may decide to increase or decrease frequency of sessions depending on your progress and need.
How long will I be in counseling?
The length of counseling depends on the presenting issue and your goals in counseling. We will work together to determine the length of treatment that is clinically appropriate and feels comfortable for you.
What if I need medication?
If we agree that medication such as an antidepressant might be helpful for you, I will provide a referral to a doctor or a psychiatrist.
What should I do in case of emergency?
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately or take yourself to the nearest emergency room. In the emergency room, you will be able to speak to medical professionals as well as crisis counselors who can help determine how to best help you and make sure you are safe.