November 14, 2015

FAQ

FAQ - Life Transformation Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why do people seek therapy?

People come into therapy for many reasons.  Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth.  When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help.  Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks.  People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

What is therapy like?

Every counseling session is unique and caters to you and your specific goals.  It’s standard for therapists to discuss the issues you’ve identified as concerns in your life during sessions, which usually occur weekly, and last fifty minutes.  Therapy 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 do activities outside of the therapy sessions.  Remember what has been discussed in session is an important process and should be integrated into your life between sessions.  For counseling to be most effective, you must play an active role, both during and between your sessions.  People seeking counseling who are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives are most successful in therapy.  Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, acceptance, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

How can therapy help me?

There are a number of benefits you can receive from counseling.  Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and build on how you’ve managed previous challenges.  Many people also find that counselors can be a big help in managing your personal growth, your relationships, and family concerns, and the hassles of day to day life.  Therapists can help you look at a difficult problem and can help you find a clearer direction to a solution.  The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.  Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Understanding yourself, your goals and values better
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding answers to what led you to therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What can I expect in my therapy session?

During session you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life.  A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions.  Usually weekly sessions are best.  Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes.  During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about the process that was discussed.  at time, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book.  For therapy to work, you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and counselor.  No information is disclosed without written permission from the client.  However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.  In some cases of medical emergencies, basic information may be disclosed to ensure your health is protected.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy.  Often it is helpful just know that someone understands.  Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.  Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life.  The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.  Some of the benefits from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others and have others listen to you
  • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What do the letters mean at the end of the counselor’s name?

Often a counselor will list the initials as a type of education they have received, such as MA for Master’s of Arts in Counseling.  Next they will list the first letters of the type of licensure they have, for example, LMHC, which is a licensed mental health counselor.  Licensed counselors have met the requirements of the state licensing board in which they practice in order to be licensed as a counselor.  That reassures you that they have at least a Master’s degree which includes 1000 hours of supervision during their master’s program.  In addition, each state requires two years of post-master’s supervision and passing a national counseling exam.  Licensed counselors are also required to maintain a certain number of hours in continuing education.

How can I pay for services?

Cash, check, debit, or credit card is accepted.  We do require a valid credit or debit card to be kept on record.

What do I need to bring with me on my first visit?

Please download the forms below – print, complete, and bring them with you to your first appointment.  Should you not be able to do this, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment in order to complete the forms before your session.

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What are your hours?

Life Transformation Counseling offers morning, afternoon, and evening appointment, and counseling hours.  Please contact me to schedule an appointment.

Do I need to take medications?

Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of FL are not legally authorized to prescribe medications. Counselors may refer clients to meet with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication management would be of benefit.  A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of mental health.

Does my health insurance reimburse me for your fees?

Some health insurance companies reimburse as long as it is provided by a licensed professional in the state of Florida. Before scheduling an appointment, call your insurance company to inquire if your type of plan provides for reimbursement for “out of network” providers. If your plan does provide reimbursement, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company.

How long and how many times a week is a typical session?

A therapy session is a 50 minute “hour.”  This allows for proper preparation and documentation time before and after each session.  Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the initial stages of therapy.  As a client progresses, the time between therapy sessions increases to every two weeks or once a month. I encourage all clients to play an active role in determining how often they would like to meet.