It is completely normal to have reservations about taking this step and scheduling your first counseling appointment. Experiencing what Compass Counseling has to offer you can be the first step in changing your future. Maybe the following information can help you decide if counseling is right for you...

How can counseling help me?

During the counseling process, a good therapeutic relationship is built between client and therapist. When this happens, clients can experience new insights into their situations and how to change them. With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, clients can begin to think more rationally and have a better understanding of their feelings and needs. These improvements lead to an improved mood. We want our clients to accomplish their goals and ultimately they just want to "feel better."

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on challenging negative/irrational patterns of thought in order to change unwanted behavior and improve mood. CBT includes a lot of problem solving and the use of strategies that clients can find extremely helpful. It is very effective in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety in both adults and children/adolescents.

Is what I share in therapy confidential?

Yes. All client-therapist communication is private and confidential. It is also confidential that a client is meeting with a therapist. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), our therapist follows the professional ethical standards of the National Association of Social Workers as well as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act of 1996, which ensures privacy and security of all medical information.  Only in rare circumstances, in which the safety of a client or other is at risk, can disclosure of confidential information take place.

What can I expect at the first session?

You can expect to talk about the presenting concerns that brought you into counseling and also about your background and personal history. You can share on a level that is comfortable to you. You can also expect to review paperwork and practice policies.

How long does a counseling session take?

Sessions are typically scheduled for approximately 50-60 minutes but your first appointment can take a little longer than that. Most people see their therapist weekly for consistent progress to be made. Once some progress is made, session frequency can decrease.