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Answers to Common Questions about Counseling

Some answers adapted from: The American Counseling Association – 5999 Stevenson Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304
Copyright 2009, American Counseling Association, All Rights Reserved

When should you seek counseling?

Are you having trouble with relationships? Are you having trouble making decisions? Do you find yourself frustrated or dissatisfied most of the time? Come and let us help you experience the adventure of making positive changes in your life! You don’t have to be “sick” to benefit from counseling. “Counseling is more than a treatment of mental illness,” she says. “Some difficult issues we face in life are part of normal development. Sometimes it’s helpful to see what you’re going through is quite normal.” (Robinson, ACA)
From childhood through late adulthood, there are certain times when we may need help addressing problems and issues that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed.
“If someone is questioning if they should go into counseling that is probably the best indicator that they should,” says Dr. William King, a mental health counselor in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. “You should trust your instincts.”
Joyce Breasure, past president of the American Counseling Association and a professional counselor who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, recommends counseling  “If you’re not playing some, working some, and learning some, then you’re out of balance. There’s a potential for some problems,” Breasure says.

What is professional counseling?

Professional counselors work with individuals, families, groups and organizations. Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. Through counseling you examine the behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are causing difficulties in your life. You learn effective ways to deal with your problems by building upon personal strengths. A professional counselor will encourage your personal growth and development in ways that foster your interest and welfare.

How much does counseling cost?

Each counselor and consultant in our group determines their own fee structure and takes individual responsibility for billing and collecting their fees.
Kati Asbury’s standard session fee is $120 per hour.
Christie Bates McKaskle’s session fee is $90 per hour
Bobby Chapman’s session fee is $100 per hour
Mary Faulkner’s session fee is $120 per hour

Because we want to provide counseling services to as many people as we can, your counselor may be able to offer you a negotiated rate.  Please speak with your individual counselor if this is necessary. Our group fees vary depending on duration and methodology.

Who are professional counselors?

Licensed professional counselors provide quality mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans. Professional counselors have a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field which included an internship and coursework in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas.

Professional counselors adhere to a code of ethics that protects the confidentiality of the counseling relationship; prohibits discrimination and requires understanding of and respect for diverse cultural backgrounds; and mandates that professional counselors put the needs and welfare of clients before all others in their practice.

What is Adventure Counseling or Adventure Therapy?

Adventure Therapy is an established mental health care profession that uses uniquely effective techniques to support the growth and changes sought by its clients. Adventure Therapy methods use the power of experience through meaningful activities that are action-oriented, inter-active “off the couch” activities. These activities are designed to challenge groups and individuals by engaging them in problem solving situations, and by asking them to take personal risks. By reflecting carefully upon the activity or experience, our clients are able to get a picture of them not easily obtained through traditional counseling or training. Accessing an individual’s inner direction or a group’s internal behavior is most effectively accomplished by engaging participants in an exciting, interactive experience. When engaging the body and mind at once, doors can be opened and perspective achieved that otherwise would remain hidden inside one’s usual routine. During the activity, the therapist discusses the issues that arise from the action with the intent of connecting this material to treatment goals and leading the desired change.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session; a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.

How long does counseling take?

Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that you pursued counseling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. During the first few counseling sessions your counselor should also discuss the length of treatment that may be needed to achieve your goals.

Is everything I say confidential?

All members of the American Counseling Association subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which require counselors to protect the confidentiality of their communications with clients. Most state licensure laws also protect client confidentiality. As a client, you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. Any disclosure will be made with your full written, informed consent and will be limited to a specific period of time. The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a counselor feels that there is clear and imminent danger to you or to others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be disclosed such as a court case. Whenever possible, you will be informed before confidential information is revealed.

Will my health insurance cover counseling?

If you have a health insurance plan, your insurance company may reimburse your visits. Depending on the parameters of your insurance policy and nature of your counseling issues, your counseling fees may or may not be covered. If you are expecting to be reimbursed by your insurance carrier, please be sure to discuss this thoroughly with your counselor during the initial session. We can not file claims for you; therefore you will pay your clinician in full and receive a receipt for reimbursement.  If you prefer that we not release information to your insurance carrier for reimbursement purposes, or if your insurance carrier fails to reimburse you in a manner that you expect, you will remain responsible to the fee for services.

What about canceling or missing appointments?

Please remember that your session time is reserved for you, and full payment is required for all appointments not cancelled with at least 24hour notice.  Payment is expected at or before the next scheduled appointment.

Counseling sessions are scheduled on a 50 minute “clinical hour”. If clients are late, the session may have to end at the originally scheduled time. The therapists reserve the right to ask clients to reschedule their appointments if less than ½ the scheduled time remains when clients arrive.