What’s the purpose of counseling?
Counseling helps you deal with personal issues, ranging from minor to major. By talking with a therapist or counselor, you learn better ways to express your feelings and improve your relationships. It’s a time dedicated to you, allowing you to be yourself and have someone understand you. Some people say, “I have friends that I talk to, so I don’t need counseling”. Friends are great. However, counseling is different from talking to a friend. When you talk with friends, you tell them your problems, and then you have to help them with theirs. In counseling, it’s all about you. You get to have someone support you with no expectation of you being their problem solver.
Does counseling really help?
More than 80% of people who engage in counseling are better off than those who do not, according to recent research. Counseling helps people pinpoint problems and understand how they can make things better. Counseling can shed light on complicated situations, and help people find solutions to problems.
Do you work with issues other than women’s issues?
Absolutely! We are here to help anyone who is struggling, male or female – whether that is with depression, anxiety, stress, or concerns regarding your children. Our goal is for you to feel better, whatever the circumstance.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
To start, we recommend that you read therapists’ information under the “Meet our Team” tab to get a good sense of who your therapist is and what are the specialty areas.
Secondly, you may contact us at 704-910-2055 or email us to schedule a free, 10-minute telephone consultation, that as a starting point, we can speak together about your needs. The first time we talk, your therapist will ask you to give a brief description of the personal concerns you are interested in addressing in counseling, and will let you know how she may be able to help. Often times, people can get a good sense of us in this consultation call and whether they feel a comfortable vibe. If it feels right, we’ll schedule your first counseling appointment. If for some reason it does not feel like we’re the best therapist for you, we would offer to refer you to someone who may be better suited to you and your needs.
This is my first counseling experience. What should I expect?
Excellent question! When you arrive, please have a seat in our waiting room. You will be greeted by our office assistant who will request that you complete therapy consent forms. When you are done, your therapist will greet you and invite you into her confidential room. Your therapist will invite you to share your story and will help you express why you are seeking help at this time. If you both feel good about moving forward, then you and your therapist will decide how often you will meet and what issues you will work on together.
How do I get started?
We hope the answers to these FAQ’s were helpful. We know that seeking counseling may not be easy and we want to make the process as easy for you as possible. You can call us at 704-910-2055 and our office assistant will help you schedule an appointment. Online scheduling is also available by clicking the link below. It’s easy, convenient, and confidential.