FAQs- You may have a few questions about counseling. Below is a list of common ones. If you have other questions, please contact me and we can discuss them.
Who do you typically treat?
As a general counseling practitioner, I accept clients experiencing emotional, relational, and behavioral difficulties; spiritual concerns are also welcome and respectfully discussed.
I have extensive training and experience counseling clients in areas of relationships, marriage, and significant grief/loss.
What are some common issues that bring people come to counseling?
Relationship difficulties- sibling, parent, spouse, significant other, etc.
Grief/Loss- death of a loved-one, terminal diagnosis, infertility, miscarriage/infant loss, and more
Depression- feeling depressed and hopeless
Anxiety- feeling anxious in general or about certain circumstances
Parenting and step-parenting
How long will I be in counseling?
Typically, most clients can expect to see change begin within a few weeks. Of course, it depends on the length of your condition, the severity, and your active participation toward improved mental health. At the beginning of counseling, we will set a target date for reaching your goals and we will discuss your progress regularly throughout therapy.
What if my partner or child will not come to counseling with me?
Sometimes they will not, and that is okay. Let us begin with you and see if your situation improves. It is possible that your partner or child may be interested in counseling at a later point in time. If so, he/she may do so.
Do you take insurance?
Aspects Counseling does not directly bill your insurance company but is able to provide you with a statement to submit, if you so desire. Health insurance companies most often require a diagnosis in order to pay for counseling sessions. Many times, a mental health diagnosis is not warranted, and would be unethical to submit. Further, a mental health diagnosis remains a permanent part of personal medical records. In many cases, avoiding a mental health diagnosis is in the best interest of the client.
What treatment approach do you use?
I treat clients using an integrated approach of standard psychotherapy methods for most conditions, while primarily focusing on positive solutions and wellness. I believe it is valuable to understand and make sense of the past while recognizing we are not bound to it. At times, additional treatment approaches are used depending on the person or condition. Examples of other approaches include art therapy and animal assisted therapeutic interventions. Through counseling, I teach new ways to strategize, overcome, and take steps toward a better future.
What will happen if I call or email you?
When you call, I will answer immediately, if possible. If I am in session or not able to take your call, please leave a detailed voice message and I will get back with you as soon as possible. My goal is to return all calls within 24 hours. If you are having a crisis emergency, please call 911 or go the nearest emergency room.
When you email, I will respond as soon as possible. Please include your phone number. Thank you! I look forward to talking with you. 🙂