Most Frequently Asked Questions
The time needed to complete the counseling process is unique to each person and situation. Typically, a counseling session lasts for approximately one hour. How long the counseling process takes from your first session to your last session can vary greatly. For example, someone who is coming to counseling because he or she is facing a short-term problem may only need to attend a few sessions to figure out how to solve the problem. However, a couple who is coming to counseling because they are grieving the death of a child may need counseling support for months or years. The time the counseling process takes is based upon many different factors.
Yes; Counseling is confidential, but there are exceptions. By law, your counselor is required to report allegations of abuse or neglect and threats of harm to self or others. Additionally, your counselor will communicate basic information to your health plan (if you have one) in order to receive payment for services. This is something that you will be informed of when you sign intake paperwork. Any other communication between your counselor and someone other than you will only happen with your informed and signed consent.
This is a common question, but one that is difficult to answer. Counseling is a process of personal growth and can be helpful in just about any situation. Anyone who is wanting to change or improve aspects of life can grow through the counseling process. In general, if you feel so stressed that you are not able to do the things that you want to do or used to do, counseling is something you should consider.
This will be up to you and your counselor. Typically, people come to counseling once every one or two weeks to start. Then, as symptoms improve, people may come to counseling once a month until they finish services.