FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I schedule an appointment?
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I know if I need counseling?
If you are visiting this website, that means you are probably ready to get help. In general, here are some situations where counseling can help:
An obstacle in your life is preventing you from feeling healthy and whole, or living the life you want
You feel dissatisfied or frustrated with relationships
You are experiencing major life transitions that are overwhelming
You want to increase your understanding of yourself, family, and your life story
You feel like you need an objective view
You are unable to participate in daily activites
You feel like you are stuck or fixating on a certain problem
You feel fear or shame when talking about something from your past and feel as though you are suffering from its effects
What will happen during my first session?
Your first session will last approximately 60 minutes and will cover logistical things, like paperwork, as well as a discussion of your goals for counseling. Each session after that will last 45-50 minutes.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes, in general, Minnesota law protects the confidentiality of counselor-client communication. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule, including:
If the client intends to harm to himself or herself.
If the client threatens to seriously harm another person.
Suspected abuse of a member of the vulnerable population: a child (under age 18), mentally handicapped person, elderly person, or prenatal abuse.
If you any questions regarding confidentiality and the limits therein, please do not hesitate to ask.
How much will it cost?
Refer to the hours/rate page.
Can I use my insurance?
Contact your health insurance carrier to see what the out-of-network coverage is for mental health counseling. I am happy to provide you with the information your insurance agency needs to reimburse you. Be sure to ask your carrier the following questions:
What sort of mental health benefits do I have?
What is my deductible?
How many sessions am I allowed per calendar year?
How much do I pay for an out-of-network provider?
Do I need a referral or approval from my primary care physician first?
Where are you located?
The office is east of Silver Lake Road in New Brighton, just north of 694. The address is 1405 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Does it really matter if I see a licensed counselor?
While licensure does not always equal competency, it is important for the counselor you see to be licensed. A licensed counselor is held to higher standards governed by the Board of Behavioral Healther and Therapy, has had education and training specifically in counseling and psychology, and has successfully completed oral and written exams. Seeing a licensed counselor also provides some protection for you, the consumer, as you have the Board of Behavioral Health to which you may file a complaint if you see reason to do so.
How do I find the right counselor?
Don’t be afraid to interview various counselors until you find one that fits your personality and your goals. You will often know, just from speaking with the counselor for a few minutes, whether or not you would work well with him or her. It is important that you trust your counselor and feel comfortable. Trust is a necessary component in the healing process, and it will serve you well to take the time to find a counselor you trust.
Is counseling really worth it?
That is a valid question. The answer is yes, because you are worth it. Counseling can be costly both financially and emotionally, but it is about investing in your own development. Becoming a whole and healthy person is something that you will find worth the investment and sacrifice.