When should you seek psychotherapy or counseling?

When you notice that your problems are impacting your life in a daily or almost daily way, keeping you from doing what you want to do or enjoying your life fully. Do you find it difficult just to get through the day? Are you fed up with your partner, kids, friends, co-workers, or boss but not sure what to do next? Does your life seem out of control? Do you grab on to certain thoughts and have trouble letting them go, even when you wish you could? These are all issues that counseling can help with.

How could psychotherapy or counseling help you?

Psychotherapy and counseling provide a safe, private place to tell your story to a trusted, caring professional who will give you support, validation, and unbiased feedback. The therapist’s training allows her or him to help you understand what’s happening in your life and guide you toward more productive ways of thinking, feeling, and acting to achieve new results.

Studies show that “psychotherapy is effective, helps reduce the overall need for health services and produces long-term health improvements.”

How often would you see your counselor?

Most people come to counseling once per week or every other week, while others may come in just once or periodically, as needed for support. For extra support during a crisis situation, you might see your therapist several times per week. A typical therapy session is 50 minutes.

How long does counseling last?

The duration of a course of counseling depends on the issues you’re working on and how much time you devote to them. During the first several sessions we will determine your treatment goals and establish a plan to work toward them.

What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are relationship specialists who treat people involved in all types of interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) apply counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems.