Do I need psychotherapy?
Those who benefit from therapy often feel dysfunctional and overwhelmed, because they experience something inside (internally) that is beyond their ability to manage. They may feel very divided and may show some disturbing symptoms.
Psychotherapy offers a different level of safety and responsiveness than other relationships..
For any individual seeking help, we have found that psychotherapy is helpful, especially if they are dealing with something painful that seems familiar (like a repetition of old self-sabotaging patterns), or if they feel ready to address some difficult childhood events or trauma.
Note: Psychotherapy is not for managing a crisis. We are not a crisis service.
If you are needing immediate assistance either call 911 or go to your local emergency room.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is often sought for problems that have built up over many years. It is effective if a client and therapist can develop a trusting relationship.
Psychotherapy can occur in individual, group, couples, or family sessions. Usually psychotherapy meetings occur once a week and last 50 minutes, although there are some types of therapy that require more frequent treatment and longer sessions. This can continue for weeks, months or years, depending on the progress and what is being addressed.
How do I know I need Therapy?
If you are researching counselors and reading this, then likely something has recently shifted in life leaving you with thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are uncomfortable, or you have decided to explore a long-standing problem. Ask yourself the following:
- Are you struggling over a past trauma or childhood trauma that now seems to be welling up, and becoming more difficult to contain?
- Do you need help managing your existing emotional/psychological conflicts?
- Are you going through a difficult time in your life and feel psychotherapy may be helpful?
- Would you like to improve an important relationship?
- .Are you stuck in a circumstance or relationship and need some help moving forward?
What should I expect from Therapy?
Prior to the first appointment you will receive an email which will link to a portal where you fill out required paperwork This email come from Mountain Counseling, of which we are affiliated.
In you first session you will be asked about the issues that brought you in. Some people are clear about their reason; sometimes people need help figuring this out. Within a short time, you will develop a plan with the therapist that becomes a map, so you know where you are headed and how to get there.
In sessions, it is important that you feel comfortable and that you receive the answers to any of your questions as they occur to you.
If you come in as a couple, then your therapist will discuss ground rules so that you both accomplish your goals. Couple’s counseling is not a courtroom and the therapist is not a judge. Our focus is to identify patterns that have been unhelpful and to identify new ways to get what you need. Relationships can help us heal even old wounds if we feel loved and safe enough to be open to informed influence.
What do I need to know if I use tele-counseling?
- We use only tele-therapy sites that are in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1196 (HIPPA).
- We cannot use tele-therapy for clients who live outside our jurisdiction (North Carolina).
- As with any counseling practice, we comply with any medical records release requests by a client or legally authorized entity. Counselors must maintain patient records as required by law within their jurisdiction and make available any records if requested by a client. No records shall ever be released without a written release from the client or client’s legally authorized agent.