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      Frequently Asked Questions About
Counseling


 What are the benefits of counseling?
 
    Through counseling, many people gain:
  • effective strategies to manage stressful times
  • better communication skills 
  • fresh approaches to life directions and relationships
  • increased resourcefulness and self-confidence
  • awareness of limiting beliefs that are impeding your goals
  • greater ability to foster what is meaningful in their lives.                                         
      
I'm Used to Taking Care of My Own Problems.  Why Do I Need Counseling?

We all have the capacity to meet challenges in life.  However, at times we can be so thrown off balance that we hardly know what to do next.  In such times, it's helpful to have a counselor to provide support and a feeling of safety so that you can dedicate yourself to making sense of the changes in your life and figure out the most fruitful way forward.  

A counselor can help you find a fresh perspective on habitual, self-defeating patterns.  If you are wishing to move in a different direction in your life, counseling can help you clarify what's important so that you can align your actions with your values.

Is therapy confidential?

The legal and ethical limits of the counseling profession require that I keep all communication between us confidential.  I can only release information about our work together with your written consent.  For example, if we decide that it would be helpful for me to consult with your physician or another health care provider, I will ask for your authorization in writing.  

However, I am legally bound to release information to third parties if:
  • you are in danger of harming yourself and we can't come up with a plan for your safety;
  • you are threatening serious harm to another person or another person's property; 
  • there is reasonable cause to believe that a child, elderly or disabled adult is being abused or neglected.