There are some pretty common questions when it comes to checking into therapy and counseling. Here are some of the most common questions are are asked at our office.
Can you help me with _____________?
We work with individuals with many struggles. There are actually too many to name but here are some of the most common that we work with are anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, relationship issues (either individually or as a couple), communication, feeling stuck, self-sabotage, struggles with “adulting” or transition from one phase of life to the next, grief, addiction, infidelity, and many many others. The best way to find out if we can help is to contact us for a free 15 minute consultation. We will be honest with you and put you with the counselor we think is a good fit for you or give you a referral to someone we think would be.
Are you Christian based? Will I be judged?
We seemed to get asked this question quite a bit. Maybe it’s because we are in the South. We are not Christian therapists as that is a specific type of therapy in which scripture is used. We are happy to incorporate our client’s spirituality into session if they wish. We are a JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE. We work with a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, and sexual and gender orientations. We keep an open mind when working with clients. NO JUDGEMENT.
Do you provide counseling for kids?
At Pecan Branch Counseling, we work with individuals 11 and up. We have 2 therapists that specialize working with “tween"s” and several therapists that specialize with high school teenagers. If you are looking for counseling for children younger than 11, we would recommend seeking a play therapist as they have specialized training in the younger age range.
What is couple counseling like? I’m afraid the counselor will take sides!
Couples counseling can feel very exposing as you have to confront issues with your partner and then go home with them! Our couples therapists provide two sessions to gather information, one for the couple to attend together and share the struggles and goals, and one that is split between the two partners to share personal history and struggles. This gives the counselor a clearer picture of you as a couple. The therapist may also ask you to complete an in-depth assessment regarding your relationship. The third session is used to establish goals and start counseling. A couples counselor will not take sides. Both partners have their own perspectives. Counselors will help partners to hear each other, challenge you to try new skills and techniques, and coach you through forgiveness, resolution, and greater intimacy.
What if my partner won’t come to couples counseling with me?
While it’s not ideal, it’s not uncommon for one partner to seek help to make change in their relationship. We can help you individually make an impact on the relationship and help you to heal.
Is it REALLY confidential?
Absolutely. What you share in sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) in the case of a court subpoena. If you use insurance, we are required to submit dates that you attend to your insurance carrier as well as a diagnosis. All of this will be discussed with you at your initial session.
What do you charge?
Our therapists have a range of experience, expertise, and specialized training which helps them to determine their rate(s) which range from $90 - $150.
Do you accept insurance?
We are happy to help you to access and find out your mental health insurance benefits! Many times we are considered out of network. In that case, we are happy to complete and file paperwork for you to get reimbursed based upon your available benefits. HSA accounts can be used to pay for therapy Some of us are in network with Aetna and BCBS PPO plans.
Is therapy really worth the cost?
Therapy is an investment in yourself and demonstrates your desire to change. Your ability to think and behave differently can make a positive impact on your quality of life, relationships, and joy that you experience. You’ve probably invested a lot of time and energy into your education, career, home, and physical health. People often ignore investing in their mental health which can have a great impact to achieving the life you want to live.
I don’t want to sit around and talk about my problems! Does therapy really work?
While talking about the issues are part of the process of therapy, that is just the start! Therapy is about taking action in the present. Our therapists are direct and engaged in your process and your success. Homework and actions steps to take during the week help to make therapy more brief and you see progress. Just like working out, it’s a process, and what you put in, you get out.
How long is a session?
A session is commonly called a “therapeutic hour” which is 50 minutes. You counselor or therapist will start to wrap up their time with you about 45 minutes into session in order to complete payment and paperwork before the beginning of the next hour. Some therapists choose to have longer sessions (90 minutes) in order to be able to get more in depth with clients during session which often leads to more progress in a shorter period of time. If you are using insurance, this may limit the amount of time you can have with your counselor as they determine the limits of therapy. Check with your counselor for more information.
If you have other questions, we would love to talk to you and offer you a free 15 minute consultation. Give us a call at 940-565-8300 or contact us via our website.