Frequently asked questions

What should I wear?

I tell people to dress in comfortable attire. Wear clothes that you can comfortably cry in. Processing through life's challenges in our counseling office can be intense at times so it's important that you are comfortable. If you are coming straight from work there is no need to change your clothes!

What is the treatment goal?

Each session is your session not the counselors session. Our goal for treatment is to help you identify and better cope with past, present, and future life. To help you start living a improved quality of life.

What about privacy?

Everyone is entitled to confidentiality with respect to his or her private medical information. This is especially important when it comes to the sensitive and personal nature of psychiatric care and counseling. Because we are a privately owned counseling practice, we have complete control over our patient records. All records are kept securely onsite in our office and cannot be accessed by unauthorized persons. Should you ever have a question or concern about confidentiality or the security of your medical information, please talk with us. We want you to feel confident in the care we provide and will address any concerns you may have.

Can you prescribe medication?

We do NOT prescribe medication in our office. However we do work closely with our primary care physician for coordination of care. If you need a medication refill please contact the physician that prescribed the medication - in the even the physician needs documentation pertaining to your mental health please let us know so we can provide them with appropriate documentation. Many insurance companies are requiring routine counseling in order for your primary care physician to prescribe and/or refill your medication.

Do you take my insurance?

Credit card payments as well as Insurance reimbursement is accepted - at this time we are NOT accepting EAP options. View more here.

Why do you do Assessments & Tests?

Psychological assessments and testing can be part of the psychological care process. They are very similar to a medical test - for example if you go to your primary care physician your doctor may order an X-ray or a blood test. The results from this test help the doctor create a treatment plan for you. Psychological evaluations are used in the same manner - they are tools used to help develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. Together, assessments and testing give your counselor a comprehensive picture of your mental health. A psychological assessment can include several different parts, including formal psychological tests, interview information, medical records, school records and observational data. Testing typically involves formalized tests like questionnaires or checklists. These tests have been created by researchers for effectively measuring a particular trait or disorder.

Why do people go to counseling?

People have many different motivations for participating in psychotherapy. Some people may be going through a major life adjustment such as a career change or new baby. Some people benefit from assistance in managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addiction, relationships, eating disorders, spiritual conflicts, stress management, unresolved childhood issues, grief, creative blocks, among many other reasons. Mental Health Counseling provides an unbiased supportive environment to help people learn more about themselves or achieve what they want in their life.