Is Counseling right for me?
Counseling can help facilitate growth in many areas of life including but not limited to: meaning & purpose, self-esteem, and relationships with self and others. It can also facilitate healing and coping with stressors such as depression, anxiety, overwhelming emotions, life stress, and residue left from previous wounding and trauma. Counseling can be a tool for self-improvement and healing of all kinds. If any of this sounds appealing, counseling may be right for you. Next, it is important that you find a counselor who is right for you.
What can I expect from the first session?
The first session looks slightly different from other sessions. There will be some paperwork and some technical groundwork to lay. After that, I like to give clients space to ask any questions they would like. I explain in more detail what therapy with me may look like. I may ask about your hopes and fears of counseling and strive to get a better idea of the areas in your life you are trying to improve. We may discuss therapeutic goals and ways we may collaborate in helping you reach those goals.
What do your credentials mean?
I have my Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Currently, I am an LPC Intern supervised by Joanna Trevino, LPC-S. LPC stands for Licensed Professional Counselor. I am in the process of acquiring 3000 hours of supervised work to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
How long does therapy take?
My hope for you is that you get to where you want to go. Some clients stay in therapy for a few sessions, while others stay in therapy for months or years. The length of counseling is discussed throughout the therapeutic process and you can always terminate therapy at any time.
I have been to therapy before, and I didn't like it. Will this be the same?
There are a variety of approaches in therapy and a variety of therapists. We don't connect with every human we meet and we don't connect with every therapist we meet. I believe it is crucial that the therapist and client be a good fit and that the client feel a connection with the therapist. I invite you to reach out and see if we are a good fit.
Will I speak with you directly when I contact your employment location?
When you contact Rivery City Advocacy, you will most likely speak with a member of our warm and helpful staff. After a few screening questions regarding availability and your counseling needs, you can be put in contact with me upon request to schedule our first appointment.