Counseling FAQs

What kinds of problems are appropriate for counseling?
Professionals can offer help for a variety of difficult problems. Here are some of the most common issues:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Substance abuse
• Family or relationship issues
• Grief or loss
• Adjusting to transitions
• Trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

How frequent are the counseling sessions?
Most counseling is once weekly, at least initially, although it can be up to three times per week in certain circumstances. After some initial improvement, the length between sessions may be increased.

What if I need more frequent counseling?
Those who need a more intense level of counseling will benefit from our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs). Please contact us at 800.438.1772 to learn more.

How long does each counseling session last?
Most individual counseling sessions last for 50 minutes. Group therapy often lasts for 90 minutes, and intensive outpatient groups last up to three hours per day.

Do I need to take medication?
Not necessarily. Not every client is in need of medication, and many of our clients do not take any psychiatric (psychotropic) medication. However, individuals with certain diagnoses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia often take medication as it is the most effective treatment. Many individuals who are taking medication also benefit from counseling. For example, clients with severe depression may benefit from an antidepressant medication as it may lift their mood and allow them to more fully participate in counseling.

How will I pay for counseling?
Most fees for mental health services vary depending on the therapist’s training and method of payment. Many insurance plans cover mental health services offered by our clinicians, including Medicaid programs and other government-sponsored health coverage programs. If you do not have health insurance, you may opt to personally pay for your services. Your counselor will explain the payment process before you start counseling and answer any questions.

Is my privacy protected?
All mental health professionals are required to abide by their respective Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which require them to protect the confidentiality of information discussed with their clients. As a client, you are guaranteed confidentiality of the information discussed during counseling within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. Clients have to provide written permission to release information about their counseling, and their permission is limited to a specific period of time. The only exceptions to confidentiality occur when the counselor believes the client is a clear and imminent threat to hurt him/herself or someone else, a court requests the client’s records, or the counselor suspects the client to be abusing or neglecting someone who is unable to care for him/herself.

What is the difference between a counselor, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist?
A counselor is a mental health professional who typically has a master’s degree and training in mental health counseling.

A psychologist is a mental health professional who has obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology and has extensive training in psychotherapy and psychological testing.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who has specialized training in the treatment of mental health concerns. Typically, psychiatrists focus on prescribing medication and medication management.

What do the credentials mean behind the therapists' names?
BCCRT = Board Certified Crisis Response Therapist
BCETS = Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
BCPCC = Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor
CATSM = Certification in Acute Traumatic Stress Management
CCTP = Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
CEAP = Certified Employee Assistance Professional
CET = Certified E-Therapist
DCC™ = Distance Credentialed Counselor
LCSW = Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LICSW = Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (states of MN & ND)
LMFT = Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
LP = Licensed Psychologist
LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor
MA = Master of Arts
MDiv = Master of Divinity
MS = Master of Science
MSW = Master of Social Work
NCC = National Certified Counselor
PACC = Permanency in Adoption Competency Certification
PhD = Doctor of Philosophy

PsyD = Doctor of Psychology
SAC = Substance Abuse Counselor
STM = Master of Sacred Theology

 

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