How do I know if counseling is right for me?
There are a variety of reasons people engage in the counseling process. When life is too stressful, relationships are not working and there seems to be little hope, counseling may be beneficial. Some people suffer from various issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem, pain, addictions, obsessions, trauma or abuse, and desire healing and freedom from these. Significant changes in life may also be a reason for seeking help such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, changes at work or in living conditions. People seeking more meaning, contentment and satisfaction in their lives may find answers and help in therapy.
What can I expect from the therapy process?
You can expect a comfortable, confidential and safe environment where you will be heard and understood without judgment. An initial assessment will be conducted of the nature of your concerns and problems. A therapy plan including goals and the processes for achieving them will be developed and discussed with you. Therapy helps you work through difficult issues, find alternative ways to view problems and to find practical solutions.
How long does the therapy process take?
Every person and each relationship is unique. Various issues require differing amounts of both time and effort. For some, 1-2 sessions may help; for others a number of weeks will be necessary. The number of sessions needed will be determined by you and the therapist collaboratively as initial assessment is made.
How long is a session? What times are available?
Sessions are 45-50 minutes. There are a wide range of appointment times and days available starting at 8:00 am until 8:00 pm Monday through Friday. We will be happy to discuss weekend options with you.
What is the fee for a session?
The usual and customary session fee is $90 for individuals, and $120 for couples. The counseling process is an important investment in your mental and relational health. It is our practice to work with each person individually in the event of financial issues. Please call so we may assist you.
Do you take insurance?
We are considered an “out of network” provider. Due to the confidentiality and cost considerations in dealing with managed care, a receipt is provided containing all the necessary information in order to file a claim with insurance companies. You can call your insurance company and ask about your out of network mental health benefits. We will also be glad to assist you in this process if needed.
What is Christian counseling?
We provide Christian and traditional counseling. Many people who come for counseling want to integrate their faith with the process. Our foundational belief is that Biblical principles speak to meaning, purpose and change needed in order to achieve healthy relationships with others, God and also to the individual themselves. We use Christian principles in the therapeutic process as a source for real personal growth always in a non-coercive manner. Proven secular psychological theories are also integrated in the therapeutic relationship from a wide variety of theories of personality and psychotherapy that do not conflict with scripture.
Is there a scriptural basis for counseling?
An overarching principle in the Bible is God’s love for all people and His desire for all to have freedom and live in abundance (John 10:10; Galatians 5:1). The Bible consistently tells us God’s word, commands and precepts give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding in order to restore the whole person, and live a fulfilled life.