Counseling FAQs

 

 

How long are counseling sessions?

Counseling sessions last between 45-50 minutes for individual and couples counseling. For couples counseling, I recommend scheduling an 80-minute appointment to get the most out of your sessions. I offer Intensive Couples Therapy for couples who need support and counseling and desire to create change in a relatively short amount of time. These sessions are offered as half-day, full-day, or multi-day sessions. EMDR Therapy is offered as either a 50-minute or 80-minute session.

 

How long will I be in counseling?

Length of counseling will depend on the complexity of the issues you are working on and how quickly you progress in therapy. It will be different for every person. Generally, you will start counseling once or twice a week, depending on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. Sessions will eventually decrease to once every other week, once a month, and so on. The ultimate goal is for you to no longer need a therapist. In some instances, maintenance therapy may be an option. Maintenance therapy involves scheduling sessions once a month to help maintain your goals.

 

When will I start to feel better?

This will vary from person to person, but usually clients will feel some level of relief after their first session. Others may experience relief much later in the therapeutic process as they start to make actual changes in their life.

 

Is counseling confidential?

Yes. Everything you share in our therapy sessions will be kept confidential. There are 4 exceptions to this rule: 1) You disclose that you plan on harming yourself; 2) You disclose you plan on harming someone else; 3) You disclose there is child or elder abuse/neglect occurring; or 4) A judge subpoenas your records.

 

Will you prescribe medication?

No. I am not licensed to prescribe medication, however if I feel that medication would be helpful for you, I will work closely with your prescribing physician/psychiatrist to ensure your quality of care with your permission.

 

Do you take insurance?

I currently do not accept insurance and I am not a Medicare provider, but will provide necessary documentation for you to seek reimbursement from your insurance company as an out of network provider. This is done to support optimal time and services during your appointment for your personalized evaluation and treatment. If you are not utilizing a health savings account or a flexible spending account, you may want to talk to your accountant about setting that up.

 

Do you incorporate spirituality in your counseling sessions?

Psychospiritual Health is an important component of your overall health. It is about connection: connecting to yourself, your partner, your family, your community, and to something bigger than yourself (a higher power). Whether or not you believe in God, there is truly something magical about existence. If you have family, community, a great job, good health, and you are still not fulfilled, you need to evaluate your spiritual life. It is about finding meaning and connecting to something greater than yourself. It is possible to find fulfillment outside of everything going on around you, but it does take disciple and practice. What are you here to contribute? And how are you going to contribute? Can you contribute in such a way to get you past your ego? Part of the spiritual path is learning to be present, being of service, and being love.

Your biological health affects your psychological health. Your psychological health will influence your spiritual health. Therapy can help to connect you to your sense of purpose, your sense of meaning, and realization of who you truly are. It is all a process. Part of the process is discovering your purpose and part is how you make meaning out of our purpose.

When you can go beyond the body, beyond the mind, you can connect to the meaning in the midst of chaos in the world. In this space, you can make meaning of your life. You are not your mind or your body, there is something much greater than these things. You can find God in anything. These days are stressful times to live in. Connecting to a higher power, gives strength to endure the significant stressors we are facing. We are all on this crazy ride of an existence right now. Never lose hope.

 

Does going to counseling mean something is wrong with me?

No. In fact, seeking counseling means you are being proactive and taking care of your mental health and/or your relationship. People seek out counseling for all sorts of reasons. Seeing a psychotherapist doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or “something’s wrong with you.” It actually means just the opposite. It shows you have enough insight and courage to realize you need an outside perspective to help you start feeling better. Our mental health and physical health both exist on a continuum meaning they are constantly changing. Sometimes our mental health may struggle from time to time. It’s best to seek help as soon as you start to notice an issue. The sooner you seek help, the more likely your mental health will get back on track quickly and you will be able to return to feeling like yourself again. The same is true for your relationship, the sooner you seek out help, the better.

 

What geographic areas do you serve?

My office location is located in Eagle, Idaho. I also offer online counseling appointments for Idaho, California, and Nevada residents.