Yes, it can. Counseling gives you a place where you're not judged, and you're not told what to do or simply given an opinion. This can help folks to feel safer in sharing about themselves. Therapy takes some work at times, but I feel like most people find the investment of time and energy to be well worth it.
There are a few ways that you may go about doing that. One way is the old "you'll know when you know" philosophy. It's helpful to feel like you connect well with someone if you'll choose them for a counselor. You may also wish to research a little and see if anyone specializes in the problems you're going through at this particular point. That can be valuable. In the end, it really is your decision, and it's one that you are definitely able to make! If nothing else, you deserve to decide on your therapist.
You can call, text, or email for any scheduling task. I'm easy to get in touch with. I am generally available during office hours, from 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Monday-Friday. However, you're welcome to reach out any time. If I don't answer, I'll make sure to get back to you within one business day. I'm usually quicker than that, though.
If you have an emergency and I don't immediately answer or it is outside of business hours, there are crisis numbers on my voicemail message. If you have a medical emergency, visit your nearest emergency room or call 911.
I've always offered free consultations, by phone or in person. Generally, consultations last about 15-20 minutes. It is important for you to feel like you're making the best choice for yourself in finding a counselor, so I'm always happy to do a consultation where I can answer any questions you have (or even if you just want to check out the office). This is also convenient time to see if you feel like we would be a good fit to work together.
That's a common question from parents. Yes, you may absolutely be involved. Parent participation is often a key factor in the counseling process being a success. I generally like to keep parents in the loop on the issues we're addressing, progress, attendance - probably a lot of the things you want to know about. It is also important to be able to hear your side of what is going on, since you may have unique views. I maintain confidentiality in regard to specific details that don't put your child or someone else at risk of harm. When there is specific information that I feel would benefit your child for you to know, I will discuss this with your child, attempt to get their consent and inform you in a way that everyone is comfortable with. I will always take steps to keep your child and others safe when there appears to be an imminent risk of harm.
It is important for you to know that once your child turns 18, I absolutely must have consent from them in order to communicate with you as a parent. I know that all of our kids will be our kids no matter how old they are, but I have to follow HIPAA laws once your teenager turns 18. I'm happy to discuss this further with you and with your child.
The most common age range of my clients is about 13-22. That being said, I still consider myself to be a young adult, and I'm in my early 30's. I love working with teens and early 20-somethings, but I find a lot of joy in working with folks who are closer to my age, as well. I see clients in their upper-20s and early-to-mid-30s pretty frequently. I welcome, invite, and look forward to seeing all of you!
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