What can Counseling do for me?
There are a variety of benefits that can come from counseling, and they tend to be individualized. Therapists provide levels of support, teach certain skills, and help clients discover new coping strategies. Essentially, a therapist offers a different way of looking at a situation, gaining perspective and supporting you in finding the solutions you are seeking in life.
How Can Art Therapy Help Me?
Art Therapy is an evidenced based (meaning results related to research and science) treatment that harnesses the creative process to help clients tap into their thoughts and feelings. Through use of art media, clients are more readily able to access their inner world. What is difficult to say in words is often easier to express through an art image. Through creative self-expression, there can be a deeper understanding of the self, reduction in stress, an enhancement of well-being, and the working through of difficult feelings and emotions. Art Therapy is used with all age groups and in numerous settings (schools, hospitals, private practice, counseling centers, hospice) to assess and treat anxiety, depression, trauma, and relational difficulties among other problem areas. No art or drawing experience is required. The focus is on the process and finding meaning in the image created.
What Happens at the Initial or First Session?
Think of the first session as introductory in nature. Your concerns will be explored in depth, including looking at the goals for the treatment. After the assessment, we will discuss whether together we are a “good fit” and if you would like to continue in treatment. If so, we will decide upon the best way to structure our work together. For minor children/teens, the process of assessment will include both a meeting with the parent/guardian and the minor child separately, and the session time will be extended from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Time permitting, there may be a brief introductory art activity incorporated into session. For those enrolled in a Specialized Group, the first session will be an introduction to the other members, work, and group process.
How Often Will I Need to Come In?
At the beginning, coming in weekly can be very helpful for continuity. However, clients may come in every other week or as needed, depending on the nature of the concern. Please note a recommendation for frequency of sessions will be based on clinical judgment and client’s investment in the treatment. Specialized Groups and certain services have designated number of sessions.
Is What We Discuss Confidential?
With very few exceptions, information discussed during therapy is confidential. Some important exceptions are:
• if there is a medical or psychiatric emergency
• the client has signed a release of information form specifying the information to be released, as well as the
person(s) to whom this information can be released (Release of Information Form)
• there is a court subpoena for client’s record
• the therapist learns there is a serious threat to any person or self, and if there is reasonable suspicion of abuse of
a child, dependent adult, developmentally disabled person, or elderly person. In those instances, the therapist is
mandated to report to appropriate entities for reasons of safety. This will be discussed further in person.
Can You Guarantee Results?
No therapist can “guarantee” results. While most clients will feel better, gain coping skills and have an improved understanding and sense of control over their lives or situation, there is no “magic fix” that results in an instant cure. Change is a process that takes time. However, the lack of a guarantee should not deter a client from seeking therapy. Research and data demonstrate that therapy is highly effective and beneficial, especially when there is client motivation and real desire for change.
Do you testify in legal proceedings or prepare reports for the court?
No. Our policy is not to testify in legal proceedings or prepare reports for the court or other entities so that you can always be open and honest in your sessions without worrying about the legal consequences. We will not appear in court unless required by a court order. In that case, the hourly rate of $200 per hour for appearance, travel, preparation of documentation and time in court will apply and be billed to the client. This includes, but is not limited to, depositions, awaiting testimony, or expert witness testimony.