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Listed below is information about therapy in order to make the best choice for yourself and your family. If you have more questions, just ask.
1. What will we do in therapy?
We will talk about difficulties you are struggling with and work towards finding resolutions of the concerns brought to therapy. In counseling, you are in the driver's seat by determining your own goals, desired changes, and pace of treatment. You will be supported and guided in an empathetic, therapeutic and safe environment while you address your personal challenges and complete your own goals. You will learn to develop positive, healthy approaches to your problems and learn to make better decisions to handle life stressors and relationships. Our approach is solution focused and goal oriented based on tested theories and methods of change. We will challenge clients as much as they feel comfortable in taking steps to complete their goals.
2. What will I have to do in therapy?
As a client, hopefully you will actively participate in therapy by communicating your feelings and keeping your therapist fully informed about any changes in your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. In addition, you determine your treatment goals with the help of your therapist. It helps to desire to change or consider other alternatives towards problems.
3. Could anything bad happen because of therapy?
Sometimes therapy can be uncomfortable due to the subject matter and the intensity of emotions especially if you have never talked about these issues before. At first, things may seem worse because of possible increased emotional discomfort, stress, and conflict in interpersonal relationships, but in the long run things will be better.
4. What will I notice when I am getting better?
There are several indicators that will be used to gauge your progress such as your subjective report, the therapist's observations, your level of functioning, and the concrete, measurable treatment goals.
5. Are there times you have to tell others about the personal things we might talk about?
Concerning abuse or neglect of minors;
Concerning abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elderly or disabled persons;
Concerning abuse, neglect, and illegal, unprofessional, or unethical conduct in an inpatient mental health facility, a chemical dependency treatment facility or a hospital providing comprehensive medical rehabilitation services;
Concerning sexual exploitation by a mental health services provider;
Involving abuse and neglect in nursing facilities;
When the client presents a danger to self or others;
When the therapist is ordered by a judge or court to disclose information or records;
A parent, managing conservator, or guardian of a minor requests information about the treatment needed by or given to the minor;
A parent, managing conservator, or guardian of a minor requests client records;
Involving certain audits of LG Counseling, PLLC or its programs;
Involving a therapist's or other mental health service provider's improper conduct.
If you decide to use your insurance benefits, information regarding billing may be disclosed to your insurance company. LG Counseling may share protected health information for the purpose of treatment, payment, and health care operations as indicated in the Notice of Privacy Policies.
6. What should I do if I feel therapy isn't working?
There are many different types of therapy approaches and treatment modalities. Please verbalize this concern to your therapist that way treatment goals, approach, or other treatment options can be discussed and altered if needed. By not verbalizing these feelings, hurts yourself, limits the effectiveness of your therapy, and how the therapist can intervene.
7. How can I reach you in an emergency?
We are available during normal business hours, by phone or email. If it is after hours, contact 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.
8. Can I attend marital counseling even if my spouse doesn't want to attend?
Yes, it only takes one person to create a change in a relationship. However, it is recommended both parties to attend.
9. What is the significance of the pomegranate theme?
Pomegranates throughout history have inspired people in many ways, as observed in a variety of well known literature, paintings, and religious texts. The fruit has, and continues to symbolize fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, wisdom, and mankind's beliefs and desires about death, rebirth, eternal life, fertility, marriage, abundance, and prosperity. Pomegranates also have numerous health benefits: they contain very high levels of vitamins and minerals; can lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and blood pressure; can help prevent Alzheimers Disease; can strengthen the immune system; can slow down the aging process; can help with weight loss; and they can improve the youthfulness of your skin.
10. Do you have a question that is not listed here?
Please feel free to contact our office by phone or send us an e-mail with your personal question(s).
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