Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Counseling

Will counseling help me?

Counselors can provide emotional support, active listening, mirroring, role-playing, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and/or communication difficulties.  Counseling can also help with unresolved childhood issues, grief (past or present) and facilitate better management of stress.  Many people also find that they can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.

Is counseling right for me?  

Everyone will hit a speed bump in their life.  Some have more speed bumps than others.  When the bumps are happening or feel as if they are happening more frequently, there is nothing wrong with seeking out professional support when you need it.  Those who seek counseling are exhibiting enough insight to realize they need a helping hand and accepting that their present situation needs to change. Counseling can provide lifelong benefits.  Counseling can provide you with the tools you need self-manage when a negative or harmful trigger is pressed and to assist your future self in overcoming future speed bumps.  In short, people seeking counseling are ready to meet the challenges they are facing in their lives and are ready to make changes.

What is counseling like?

Every person is unique and thus bring their own unique set of issues to work on into a session.  In general, on the first visit you can expect to discuss who you are, answer general broad questions allowing the therapist to get to know you and providing you with an opportunity to decide if the counselor is the right fit.  For follow up sessions you should be prepared to discuss your current life happenings inclusive of the stress or grief that have brought you to therapy, your personal history relevant that may be relevant, and to report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous counseling sessions.  Depending on your specific needs, counseling can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your counselor; usually weekly to bi-weekly.

What about medication vs. counseling?

As your counselor, I may encourage you to discuss medication intervention with your primary care physician.  However, many medical professionals will encourage you to not only seek medication but to remain actively involved in an open dialogue with a counselor to treat the mind alongside the body.  It is my belief and hope for you that you will sustain the growth and changes that counseling will provide whilst taking an integrative approach to your wellness.

Treatment Orientation:

Integrative: integrative counseling means drawing on and blending specific types of therapies. This approach is not linked to one particular type of therapy as those practicing integrative counseling do not believe that only one approach works for everyone.

Modality:

  • Couples
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual

Specialties:

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

Sexuality:

  • Asexual Issues
  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Heterosexual Issues
  • Intersexed Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Issues

Age Specialty:

  • Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Gender Issues:

  • All

Religious Orientation:

  • Any

Client Categories:

  • Asexual Clients
  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Intersexed Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender/Transsexual Clients
  • Veterans of the Armed Forces Clients
  • Women/Female Clients

Ethnicity:

  • All
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Other Racial or Ethnic Background

Language Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish 

Legal Rights, Confidentiality, and Privacy:

I proudly uphold the legal rights to privacy set forth by the South Carolina Licensing Boards in Counseling and Psychology, the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Your privacy is an important part of the confidential therapeutic experience.  The law and professional ethics protect the relationship between a client and a therapist and information cannot be disclosed without your specific consent and written permission.  The law mandates certain exceptions to this confidentiality. Therapists are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities in the following situations:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse
  • A client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person
  • A client is at risk of causing serious physical harm to himself or herself

All services offered by me are confidential.  I proudly uphold the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. 

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
  • South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (SCALPC)
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)