Frequently Asked Questions

Individual Therapy

What is individual counseling?

Individual counseling, also known as individual therapy or one-on-one therapy, is a form of psychological treatment that involves a therapist and a patient working together to address the patient’s specific concerns.  These concerns can include issues such as mental health disorders, relationship problems, or coping with life changes.

How does individual counseling work?

During individual counseling, the therapist and patient will work together to identify the patient’s goals for therapy and develop a treatment plan to help them achieve those goals. The therapist will use various techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, talk therapy, or mindfulness practices, to help the patient understand and change their thoughts and behaviors. The patient will also have the opportunity to discuss their feelings and experiences in a safe, confidential environment.

Who can benefit from individual counseling?

Individual counseling can be helpful for people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds who are experiencing mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or relationship issues. It can also be beneficial for people who are coping with life changes, such as a job loss or the death of a loved one, or those who simply want to improve their overall well-being.

How long does individual counseling typically last?

The length of individual counseling can vary depending on the patient’s specific needs and goals. Some people may only need a few sessions, while others may require ongoing therapy. The therapist will work with the patient to determine the appropriate length of treatment.

Is individual counseling confidential?

Yes, individual counseling is confidential.  Therapists are required by law to keep the patient’s information private, except in certain circumstances, such as if the patient is a danger to themselves or others, or if the therapist is ordered by a court to release information.

Couples Therapy

What is couples counseling?

Couples counseling, also known as marriage counseling or relationship therapy, is a form of psychological treatment that involves a therapist working with a couple to address and resolve conflicts, improve communication, and strengthen their relationship.

How does couples counseling work?

During couples counseling, the therapist will work with the couple to identify their goals for therapy and develop a treatment plan to help them achieve those goals. The therapist will use various techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, or gottman method couples therapy, to help the couple understand and change their thoughts and interactional patterns. The therapist will also facilitate communication skills training to help the couple improve the overall dynamics of their relationship.

Who can benefit from couples counseling?

Couples counseling can be helpful for couples experiencing a wide range of relationship issues, such as communication problems, infidelity, or trust issues. It can also be beneficial for couples who are coping with life changes, such as the birth of a child, or those who simply want to improve their overall relationship satisfaction.

 

How long does couples counseling typically last?

The length of couples counseling can vary depending on the couple’s specific needs and goals. Some couples may only need a few sessions, while others may require ongoing therapy. The therapist will work with the couple to determine the appropriate length of treatment.

Is couples counseling confidential?

Yes, couples counseling is confidential. Therapists are required by law to keep the couple’s information private, except in certain circumstances, such as if one of them is a danger to themselves or others, or if the therapist is ordered by a court to release information. However, it is important to note that when both parties are in the room, the therapist will be listening to both sides and may share parts of what one person said with the other person during the session.