What is counseling?
Counseling is a collaborative process
between you and your counselor. This process begins with identifying your
goals, setting objectives, and measuring your progress along the way.
Counseling then helps you objectively look at your feelings, thoughts, and
behaviors so you can develop more effective ways of dealing with life
Change can happen! Nine out of ten Americans
surveyed by Consumer Reports said that counseling had helped them. In other
studies, half of the clients were making improvements after eight sessions of
therapy, 75 percent after six months of therapy.
When should you seek
From childhood through late adulthood,
there are certain times when we may need help addressing problems and issues
that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed. When you are
experiencing these types of difficulties, you may benefit from the assistance
of an experienced, trained professional. Professional counselors offer the
caring, expert assistance that we often need during these stressful times. A
counselor can help you identify your problems and assist you in finding the best
ways to cope with the situation by changing behaviors that contribute to the
problem or by finding constructive ways to deal with a situation that is beyond
your personal control.
Is everything I say confidential?
Confidentiality means that information about
you is never released to others without your written permission. Everything
said in therapy is confidential and will not be disclosed except when reporting
is required or permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Standard or North Carolina law.
Exceptions to confidentiality include the following:
1. Potential suicidal behavior
2. Threatened harm to another
3. Suspected abuse of a child,
developmentally disabled person, or a dependent adult
4. When legal requirements demand that confidential information be disclosed
such as a court case