Many people have never experienced counseling before. It's normal to feel nervous or scared about meeting someone new and being vulnerable enough to talk about very personal issues. It's also very natural to have questions about when to seek counseling and what the process involves. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding counseling. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions and ease any uncertainty you may feel. If you have questions that are not addressed here, then we can discuss them at your initial evaluation session.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need Counseling?
Many people feel like counseling is only for people with really big problems or serious mental health issues. However, anyone can benefit from counseling. Everyone faces difficulties and stress in their lives, and can benefit from the support and guidance counseling offers. I encourage you to seek therapy before you begin experiencing major difficulties or are very overwhelmed. Proactively seeking counseling can prevent a crisis or feeling as though your life is falling apart.
How do I know if my child or teen needs counseling?
As their parent, you probably know your child or teen better than anyone else. So, you will probably be the first to notice a change in their behavior. The behaviors to look for can vary by age.
If your child is 5 or under, behaviors to watch for include:
What issues can be addressed through counseling?
People come to counseling with a variety of needs. Some of the issues that can be addressed are: behavioral problems, ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, grief, marital issues, parenting and family issues, major life transitions, or spiritual issues. When you're ready to begin your therapy journey, call Heather at 256-279-5869 to schedule a time to discuss your strengths, needs and therapy goals.
How can counseling help?
It is my goal to provide a safe environment and supportive relationship for you to heal, learn, and grow personally. I will assist you in setting therapy goals and learning the skills needed to achieve those goals. To learn more about the potential benefits of therapy, please visit that section of our website.
What can I expect at our first session?
The first session involves learning about you and what brought you in for therapy. I'll gather information about your medical history, your family, significant relationships in your life, and any other information I feel is important given your situation. Basically, I'll be asking a lot of questions to determine how I can be of assistance to you. This process will also help us set goals for therapy.
How long are sessions?
Your initial evaluation session will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Follow-up sessions typically last 45 minutes to an hour depending on your needs.
If my child or teen is in counseling, do I need to be present for the sessions?
Your participation in your child or teen's treatment is essential. Research has shown that child or adolescent counseling is much more effective when a parent or caregiver participates in the process.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. I accept several insurance providers. To see if your insurance is accepted, please visit the Insurance and Fees section of our website. I also offer self-pay services for those who are uninsured, have a type of insurance I am unable to accept, or prefer not to use their insurance.
Do you accept Medicaid?
Yes. I have a limited number of spots available for individuals up to age 19 with Alabama Medicaid.