There is much to benefit 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 counseling is a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and marriage issues. 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
People have many different reasons for going to counseling. Some go through major life transitions (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances as well as possible. Some people need assistance managing other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.
In general, you can expect to discuss the issues that brought you to seek counseling, your personal history, and the goals for what you can expect to achieve. Therapy can be short-term for specific events and circumstances, or it can be long-term for more difficult issues. You and your counselor meet weekly or every other week, depending on your timing and processing style.
It is important to actively participate in the therapeutic process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to enact what you learn in session into your life. Therefore, your therapist may suggest "homework" you can do outside of therapy to support your process.
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 treating the symptom only, therapy addresses the root cause. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the best course of action.Working with your doctor or psychiatrist can determine what's best for you.
Fern Counseling does not bill insurance for you. Your insurance company will consider FC appointments "out of network." Before scheduling an appointment, call them for instructions regarding their billing policies. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their instructions.
FC accepts credit cards, Health Savings Account cards (HSA), Flex Savings Account cards (FSA), checks and cash.
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is one of the most important agreements between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust. State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality with the following exceptions to confidentiality, including but not limited to:
- Reporting suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
- Court order.