Commonly Asked Questions

 

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How long will I be in counseling?
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Although the length of time in counseling varies for each client, I typically work with people for 3 to 6 months. The counesling relationship can be briefer or longer, however, depending on the reason you are seeking help. You will likely know within a few sessions whether working with me is going to be helpful and if you are happy with the direction we are taking.

   

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Do you just work one-on-one, or do you do other kinds of therapy?
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Approximately 75% of my practice involves counseling individuals. I also work with couples and families if we determine this would be more helpful than individual work. The kind of counseling we decide on will depend on the concerns you have and the type of changes you are hoping for. We will work together to determine the most effective way of creating changes that will be beneficial and long-lasting.

 

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Can you work with my child?
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Yes, I provide counseling to children, adolescents and adults. If you are seeking help for a young child it is likely that you, as parents, will also be active in the counseling process. If the concern you have is something I am not qualified to help with I will be happy to refer you to some of my trusted colleagues with more expertise in that area.

 

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How often do we meet, and how long are sessions?
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Many clients work with me once per week or every other week The frequency of meetings depends on how severe the challenge is that you are experiencing and what your schedule will allow. On occasion, I work with clients more intensively seeing them for two sessions a week. In these situations we would discuss if intensive work with me or seeking a higher level of care would be more helpful to you. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. Other arrangements can sometimes be made if a longer appointment is necessary. I find that consistency in attending counseling is essential so it is important to be sure you are going to be able to fit counseling into your schedule. Infrequent or crisis-driven sessions are usually counter-productive so if this begins to occur we will need to revisit your counseling needs.

 

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Can we do counseling over the phone or through email?
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I am able to do phone sessions if these are prearranged. These can serve as added support between regular sessions or check-ins during a break from counseling. I prefer to work with clients in person and rarely work with a client only by phone. I do not provide counseling or consultations through email or text messaging for security and ethical reasons. However, I may utilize these mediums to schedule appointments or provide resources to you.  
 

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Can I reach you if I have an emergency or crisis and we are not scheduled to meet?
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As a rule, I am not available as an on-call counselor and do not carry a pager. The work that I do with clients requires a great deal of mental and emotional energy. This means it is essential that I maintain good self-care in order to be present and effective as a counselor. In order to do this, I set limits on my availability and try to return phone calls within two days. My schedule is such that if we need to connect outside of a session, it is best to set a time with me to have a brief telephone session. If a client feels that they are in crisis or need to be contacted emergently, I advise that they call 911 or go to their nearest emergency room for safety to ensure they get immediate attention. Many counselors operate this same way, but you may need a counselor who has more availability than this. I encourage you to include this as a needed criteria when you are selecting a counselor that is a good fit for you.
 

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