Frequently Asked Questions

Some commonly asked questions about our practice.

Am I weak for needing therapy? Why can’t I handle this on my own?

Actually, seeking counseling is a sign of strength. It takes courage to acknowledge that you need help with something. And we all need help from time to time. That’s just a part of being human.   In your sessions, we will identify your strengths and explore strategies you can implement to reduce the impact of the problems and issues you are dealing with. 

Won’t just talking to friends and family solve my problem?

When you talk to a mental health clinician, you know your privacy is protected. Your communication with your therapist is confidential. No one else is privy to what is said in your sessions unless you tell them. You can’t rely on this happening with family and friends. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes inadvertently information you share with a friend or family member can be divulged to others without your consent. Also, a therapist is a professional. Unlike family and friends, they are trained to help you. A therapist can assist you in getting a new perspective on your problems, teach you new skills, and help you gain insight into yourself and your choices. And all of this is done in a safe, non-non-judgmental environment.  

Will I have to take medication?

You may or may not need to take medication. While medication can be an important part of your treatment it alone cannot solve all your issues. That’s why counseling is so important. Together we can explore the problems you are having, identify your strengths and formulate a plan to help you accomplish your personal goals. If it is decided that medication might be helpful, you will be referred to your primary care provider as Phoenix Counseling and Trauma Treatment Center does not prescribe medication.

How do counseling sessions work? Will I have to do homework?

Your counseling session will be unique because it will be based on your issues and goals for counseling. The therapy approach I use will be tailored to your specific needs. And you may, or may not have to do homework, depending on the therapeutic approach that will best help you achieve your counseling goals.

How long will it take to solve my problems?

It’s impossible to say how long it will take to help you reach your counseling goals. The length of time you need to address your issues can depend on a number of things such as the intensity of your motivation, your level of commitment to the counseling process, and the issue that led you to seek counseling in the first place. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

What can I do to get the most out of my counseling sessions?

Being dedicated and actively participating in the counseling process will help you achieve the success you are seeking. Wanting change always goes a long way in achieving change.

How much does counseling cost?

That depends.  If you have insurance, check with your insurance to see if they cover mental health services, and if so, what portion of your sessions they will cover.  It is also important to ask if your chosen mental health clinician is “In Network” with your insurance company. If you are a self-pay client, the cost will be based on the kind of treatment you are receiving and the length of your sessions. 

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