Understand your therapy and counseling sessions.
Counseling FAQs and Answers
Do you prescribe medicine for mental disorders?
No, we do not prescribe medication for mental health disorders.
If needed, we will refer you to a psychiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. After an evaluation, the psychiatrist would then determine medical necessity and be able to prescribe medication.
How often will I meet with my counselor?
In general, clients see steady progress with a weekly counseling session. The frequencies of your counseling sessions are mutually agreed upon by you and your counselor.
The number of visits depends on your goals and current situation.
Is what I say in counseling confidential?
Therapy is most effective when you can be honest with your counselor. Counseling, with a licensed professional, is designed to be a safe space for you to be comfortable talking about private information. That is why counselors are licensed healthcare providers who must follow a strict code of ethics and confidentiality protocol.
Healthcare providers may disclose information without a patient’s consent under specific exemptions. Some common times a healthcare provider may disclose information without consent include if they are
- Acting in order to protect the patient or the public from serious harm — if, for example, a patient discusses plans to attempt suicide or harm another person.
- Aware of the ongoing domestic violence, abuse or neglect of children, the elderly or people with disabilities. In this case, healthcare providers are mandated (required) by law to report the information.
- By Order of the Court. That might happen if a person’s mental health came into question during legal proceedings.
What Are Some Common Myths About Counseling?
There are many myths about counseling. Here are a few counseling myths:
- Going to therapy or counseling is a sign of weakness.
- It takes an incredible amount of emotional intelligence and strength to recognize that a problem may be too large and overwhelming to approach alone.
- One therapy session will “fix everything” or counseling “just didn’t work” after a couple sessions.
- Counseling is not going to “fix” your life. That isn’t the goal. Counselors are here to help you identify concerns, set goals for yourself, and help you explore how to reach them. In order to work through any problems, you and your therapist will talk about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to help you discover your options. It’s your mountain to climb. We are here to support you, but no one is going to make you move.
- No one understands what I’m going through.
- Every person has their own story and unique journey. We agree that no two people are alike. However, our licensed professional counselors have been trained to be sensitive, respectful, and understanding of the distinctive experiences of each client.
We are here to help you in your healthcare journey—not judge you.