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 Chapters Counseling FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What type of services do you offer?
    Couples therapy Teenagers Anxiety/Depression (children/teens/adults) Family counseling LLC supervision (formerly LLPC) For a full list click here
  • Do you offer in-person or online counseling?
    Chapters Counseling offers both in-person and online counseling for your convenience. You can switch as needed at any time.
  • How is the parking?
    Chapters Counseling has curb parking along with a public parking lot directly across the street which is free.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    Yes, Chapters Counseling accepts many insurance companies. You must verify your insurance coverage with your insurance provider. Copays are due at the time of service. For more information, click here
  • Can I pay with cash or a card?
    Chapters Counseling accepts Credit cards, including Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. We also accept checks, cash, and HSA cards.
  • What to expect when you start counseling?
    You will discuss your unique needs and goals with a professional counselor when you begin counseling. The therapist will assist you in determining the problems you want assistance with and understand how to approach them. In the beginning, your counselor will discuss techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, or EMDR. Additionally, you can anticipate receiving suggestions on how to make lifestyle adjustments that will enhance your relationships, self-esteem, and general well-being.
  • What is the primary purpose of counseling?
    The primary purpose of counseling is to help individuals gain insight, resolve problems, and increase their overall well-being. Counseling can help people cope with life changes, mental health, and relationship issues. It can also support and guide individuals struggling with difficult emotions and experiences.
  • How do I prepare for my first counseling session?
    Preparing for your first counseling session can be an exciting yet daunting experience. Here are some tips to help you prepare: 1. Make a list of topics or issues you would like to discuss during your session and review them before the session. 2. Write down any questions for your counselor and bring them. 3. Take time to think about what you would like to achieve from the session, and write down any goals. 4. Be honest and open with your therapist about your feelings and thoughts, even if they are uncomfortable or difficult. 5. Have Realistic Expectations 6. Schedule your first session at a convenient time 7. Give yourself credit for taking the first step
  • What do they ask you in counseling?
    In counseling, your counselor may ask questions about your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences. These questions may include, but are not limited to: What brings you to counseling? Can you describe your current situation and how it is affecting you? How do you typically handle stress or difficult situations? Can you tell me about your relationships with family and friends? Have you experienced any traumatic events in the past? How do you feel about yourself and your life? What are your goals for therapy? These questions aim to better understand you and your situation, so your counselor can tailor their approach to best meet your needs.
  • What questions do therapists ask in the first session?
    During the first therapy session, therapists generally ask questions better to understand the client's concerns and goals for therapy. Some common questions include: What brings you to therapy today? What are your plans for treatment? Can you tell me about your current symptoms and challenges? What has been most difficult for you lately? Can you tell me about your past experiences with mental health or therapy? Can you describe your support system (e.g., family, friends, etc.)? What have you tried in the past to address these issues? Are there any specific events or experiences that led to you seeking therapy now? How have these issues impacted your daily life and relationships?
  • Is therapy awkward at first?
    Some people may initially feel awkward or uneasy in therapy, mainly if it is their first visit. This feeling is both common and natural. Building a rapport with a counselor, gaining their trust, and feeling at ease discussing personal and delicate issues can take time. However, most people discover that counseling becomes more comfortable as they attend more sessions.
  • How long does therapy usually last?
    The duration of counseling can vary greatly, depending on the individual's needs and goals. Some people may only need a few sessions to address a specific issue, while others may continue therapy for several months or even years. Counseling can last anywhere from 6 to 20 sessions, but the individual's progress and the counselor's guidance determine the treatment length.
  • How often should I go to counseling?
    The frequency of your counseling sessions will be determined by several factors, including the individual's personal needs, the nature and severity of their mental health concerns, and the recommendation of their therapist. Some people may benefit from weekly sessions, while others only need monthly or occasional check-ins. It's best to discuss your specific needs and goals with your therapist to determine the frequency of your sessions.
  • How do you know therapy is working?
    There is no single answer to this question, as the effectiveness of therapy can depend on many factors, including the individual receiving treatment, the type of therapy used, and the specific goals of the therapy. However, some common indicators that therapy may be working include: improved mood and overall well-being, reduced symptoms of mental health conditions, increased coping skills and ability to manage stress, better relationships with others, and greater self-awareness and insight. Additionally, many people who engage in therapy report feeling more empowered and in control of their lives and finding new meaning and purpose. Ultimately, the best way to determine if therapy is working is to have open and honest communication with your therapist about your goals and experiences in therapy.
  • Does your therapist care?
    Yes, your counselor cares about your mental health and well-being. Our counselors are genuinely interested in helping you reach your goals and will be attentive listeners.
  • What do they talk about in marriage counseling?
    Marriage or couples counseling is a type of therapy for couples. During counseling sessions, the couple talks with a therapist about their relationship. They discuss their feelings, conflicts, and problems in their marriage. The therapist helps the couple improve their relationship and communication with each other. They work together to resolve their issues and build a stronger, happier marriage.
  • Can marriage counseling make you fall in love again?
    Marriage counseling can help couples who have lost the spark in their relationship to rekindle their love for each other. By working with a therapist, couples can identify and address the issues causing problems in their relationship. This process can lead to better communication, a deeper understanding of each other's needs and perspectives, and a renewed love and connection. However, it's important to remember that counselors cannot save every relationship, and counseling may not guarantee that a couple will fall in love again.
  • How often should married couples go to counseling?
    Chapters Counseling recommends that married couples go to counseling when facing difficulties in their relationship or to improve their communication and strengthen their bond. The frequency of counseling sessions can vary depending on the couple's specific needs and the recommendation of their therapist. It can be once a week, once a month, or as needed. The important thing is to seek help when needed and work on the relationship with the support of a professional.
  • Do you provide counseling for couples with alternative lifestyles?
    Yes, we provide counseling to all lifestyles in consensual and ethical relationships. Everyone deserves the chance to have a happy and healthy relationship, and counseling can help navigate many of the same issues, such as concerns with parenting and communication.
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