General Counseling FAQ

The following questions are commonly asked about mental health services we provide.

Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need help coping with unexpected changes in their lives, while others want to talk with someone outside of family and friends. Therapy can provide individualized support and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, and relationship troubles.

What can I expect in a therapy session?
Sessions will be 55-60 minutes long. The first session, the therapist will ask questions about what you are struggling with right now, your history, and your family. In subsequent sessions, the therapist will learn more about you, assure that you feel comfortable and safe, and use different interventions to help with coping skills and problem solving. Some therapists may expect you to do some “homework”, practicing skills outside of session.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
Therapy provides a number of benefits. Sometimes it is helpful just to know that someone understands and will not judge your situation. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life.

Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission; however, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim. If a client intends to harm himself or herself:the therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety. If a court of law issues a subpoena:we are required to provide the information required by the subpoena. If a court of law has ordered you to participate in therapy or to be evaluated by our staff:the results of the treatment or assessment must be revealed to the court.

Marriage/Couples Therapy FAQ

What is the marriage/couples therapy process?
We believe that couples therapy works best when both people are involved from the start. Therefore, it is a requirement that both people attend the first session. There are no secrets in couples therapy, it is important to be able to learn skills to help discuss sensitive issues. Here is the procedure:

1st session: Both partners together answering questions about the relationship, each partner receives assessment packet to be completed and brought in next session.

2nd session: Individual session with one partner (bring in completed assessment packet)

3rd session : Individual session with other partner (bring in completed assessment packet)

4th session and beyond: Both partners present. Will review assessment scoring and complete treatment plan. It is expected that both partners be present in every session for the rest of the therapy process.

What if my partner or I need individual counseling?
Other counselors in our office are available to assist with individual issues.

How can I learn more about Gottman Method Couples Therapy?
Follow this link for a overview of therapy to see if it is right for your relationship:

The Gottman Method