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Common Questions


WHY CHRISTIAN COUNSELING?

How has counseling apart from God helped? I've heard to many unfortunate stories about people losing marriages and

family being broken because of secular counselors telling them their situation was hopeless.

Cut your loses and go.

God never gives up on you! As A Christian counselor I operate from a worldview based on the Bible. The goal of

Christian counseling is spiritual maturity that will give new insight and perspective regarding the mental, emotional and

physical side of life. An example of a Christian perspective on life is the issue of truth. Most people Christian or

non-Christian would agree that the truth is important. I have worked with many people who have believed lies about

themselves and their relationship with others. Many individuals were raised up and believed lies that they still believe

as adults. I’m not good enough, I need everyone’s love and approval, if there is a problem it must be my fault. The

biblical principal about truth is found in the John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

When I work with people who are not Christian they like that truth. Getting away from lies is valuable and important for

all of us.
 
 
HOW CAN COUNSELING HELP ME?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills,

and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood

issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be

a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and

the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction

of 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:
  
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications 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

DO I REALLY NEED THERAPY?  I CAN USUALLY HANDLE MY PROBLEMS ON MY OWN.  
  
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other

difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for

people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You

are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by

seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers,

re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 


WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THERAPY AND HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life

transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need

assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship

problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and

help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about

themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to

meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. 
 
  
 
WHAT IS THERAPY LIKE ?
 
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.

In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your

issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your

specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or

your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your

therapist (usually weekly).
 
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The

ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the

work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your

process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action

on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new

perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   
 
 
 
WHAT ABOUT MEDICATION VS PSHCYOTHERAPY?
 
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be

solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the

behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being

with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and

in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 
 
 
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
 
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call

them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can

ask them:
 
  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician? 
 
 
DOES WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN COUNSELING REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL?
 
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy

requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the

therapist's office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you

can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  

Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your

healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information

without obtaining your written permission.
 
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected abuse or neglect of children, or older adults. 

* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.


* If the therapist has a reason to suspect a client has broken the law.

If you have other questions please feel free to contact our office

Phone - 913-449-3606

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