FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Online Counseling


Counseling services are a private, secure treatment option. Online counseling option caters to the convenience of the client while respecting the client-clinician relationship and the integrity of the counseling dynamic.




What is Individual therapy?


Individual Therapy is a relational dynamic between the client and the therapist. The aim of the dynamic is to facilitate the uncovering, discovering, and development of the tools to deal with this thing called life. Sometimes the process is informed by the recognition of patterns thinking and behaving and seeing what impedes changing the patterns. Often patterns of feeling and thinking are established early in our lives, but not always. If our patterns, our "ways" are benefiting us, wonderful! Chances are when one seeks guidance, counseling, or therapy, the patterns of relating, thinking and feeling are not helping us deal with our current lives. Much of counseling has to do with taking responsibility for what you can, and doing the work to find a way to use your tools, recognizing the impediments, anticipating the impediments, and examining how you can shift the pattern—even when the impediments are there free-floating. Acknowledgement of risks taken to "shift he behavior", is very important so that you can build the track record to yourself. For some individual counseling/therapy can be brief process, for others it can take some time to learn how to navigate around those free floating impediments toward change.




How are individual sessions arranged?


Individual sessions are arranged by phone or email appointment. When the chemistry and the client feel “natural” enough to move forward, then sessions on average are weekly and on-going meetings, that can range from 4-5 sessions (brief therapy) to meeting over a two year period.




How do you know if the therapist is right for you


This is a common question especially if you have never seen a counselor or therapist before. I encourage potential clients to use as their reference what they like in a person with whom they have had some kind special connection or chemistry. This reference could be enough to give you a “gut feeling” about the therapist and how you can imagine participating.
Sometimes you know after one or two sessions if the therapist is right. Sometimes you feel better “shopping around”. Sometimes you only know after a few sessions.
It is not typical to feel 100% okay with a therapist on the initial visit, but maybe “mostly” okay, as you can feel, without really knowing the therapist, and in a frame where you are talking about your feelings and experiences to a stranger.
The “mostly okay” could be enough to forge ahead and not be so inhibited by some understandable defenses from not feeling safe. Remember it is your time, your soul and your money. You need to get something out of the therapeutic dynamic.




What is Couples Counseling?


Couples counseling relies on the belief that problems are best dealt with when therapy can support the relationship and family where they emerge. At the core of most problems between couples, communication breakdown and lack and loss of inter-relational respect. Of course, as in individual counseling, issues between couples can be influenced by
the social-cultural contexts, family expectations and learned communication patterns.
Couples counseling can often include a combination of couple and individual sessions. The frequency and number of consultations will be decided according to the needs of each couple.
Effective couples counseling invites each participant to take responsibility for their role in the relationtional dynamic and explore if in fact they “have it in them” to find a way through to and with their partner.




Why do people use a couple’s therapist?


Usually the couple needs a safe and objective place to help them sort out what is getting in the way of harmony, compromise and respect.

Couples counseling relies on the belief that problems are best dealt with when therapy can support the relationship and family where they emerge. At the core of most problems between couples is communication breakdown and lack and loss of inter-relational respect. Of course, as in individual counseling, issues between couples can be influenced

by the social-cultural contexts, family expectations, learned communication patterns.

Couples counseling can often include a combination of couple and individual sessions.

The frequency and number of consultations will be decided according to the needs of each couple.

Effective couples counseling invites each participant to take responsibility for their role in the relational dynamic and explore if in fact they each “have it in them” to find a way through to their partner with respect and love—or not.





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