1. Do I really need counseling? I can normally handle my own problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully passed through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be respected. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation for the better by seeking counseling. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face and work towards positive life change.
2. How long do sessions last?
Sessions are 45-50 minutes long. If needed, we can meet for longer sessions or for multiple sessions during the week.
3. How long does counseling usually take?
The length of our work together depends on what your goals are and how much prior experience you have working with your concerns. We can better address the question of how much counseling is needed for you as we continue to work together.
Our experience is that your results depend on the depth of your commitment to the work. Once you decide that counseling seems useful, the results often come more quickly. The effort you put in will be one of the most valued investments in your life.
4. What is counseling like?
Every counseling session is unique and accommodates to each individual and their particular goals. It is standard for counselors to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during counseling sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Counseling can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.
There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the counseling sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. For counseling to be most beneficial you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking counseling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-transformation and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of counseling:
• Compassion, respect, and understanding
• Perspectives to provide light of persistent patterns and negative feelings
• Valuable strategies for enacting positive change
• Useful and proven techniques along with practical guidance
5. Is your counseling Biblical?
Your faith is an significant aspect of who you are, and we respect that! In fact, our counseling integrates biblical principles as well as the findings of scientific research.
If you prefer to keep your counseling sessions secular, that’s not a problem either. We will always do what’s best for you in assisting you to reach your goals in a manner that you are most comfortable with.
The counseling is about you and for you, not about us. Our only agenda is to help you.
6. What is your cancellation policy?
If you do not show up for your scheduled counseling appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
It is the fairest way for us to respect each others’ time.
7. Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
• What are my mental health benefits?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
• How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician?
8. Do you accept Medicaid?
Yes, we accept Medicaid for anyone 20 years old and younger.
9. Do you offer reduced fees?
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis through a scholarship sliding scale. Please inquire regarding your situation and needs.
10. Is counseling confidential?
The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and counselor. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.
• A suspicion of child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The counselor is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• A client threatens serious bodily harm to another person. The counselor is required to notify the police.
• A client intends to harm himself or herself. The counselor will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
11. How do I get started?
We prefer that you contact us by phone at 417-429-1889. This way we can be sure that we have answered all of your questions. You also go to Get Started or Contact Us.