Below are some commonly asked questions that you may have about counseling. If after reviewing these you still have questions, please feel free to contact me.
Is counseling for everyone?
There was a time when only people who were considered “ill” or who “had problems” sought counseling, but that is no longer true. My belief is that anyone who is willing to better understand themselves and their relationships with others can potentially benefit from the counseling process. I also believe that we can grow and change as persons in many contexts (supportive friendships, mentoring/coaching, small groups, 12-step communities, etc.) and that professional counseling can be particularly useful when a person feels either “stuck” or overwhelmed in a particular area in their lives.
You describe your counseling style as “collaborative.” What does that mean?
Establishing a trusting relationship with you is a very important part of the counseling process. Rather than sitting as “the expert” who provides you with “answers and solutions,” I prefer to join along side you as a co-laborer in the counseling process, valuing your experience and feedback along the way. Accomplishing goals and pursuing growth will be something we do together. In other words, I want to hear the story you are telling and I believe that we can shape its direction together.
Will what I share in counseling be kept confidential?
Yes. Information shared within a professional counseling setting is protected under the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and requires written consent for any sharing or distribution. There are a few legal exceptions to protected confidentiality, mostly pertaining to the endangerment of another person, including violence, abuse, and/or neglect. For more detailed information click here. Additionally, I believe the confidentiality of the counseling process to be of the utmost importance in creating a safe environment for you to explore issues of your concern. Therefore, I strive to uphold the strictest standards of confidentiality in my practice.
How much does counseling cost?
Your decision to begin counseling can be viewed as a significant investment, not only financially but also as a personal investment into your future. You can imagine the cost of counseling as a symbol of your desire and commitment to make this investment.
For persons unable to afford the full fee for counseling, a reduced fee may be negotiated. For those persons who desire counseling but have few available resources, I can provide you with low-cost counseling referrals.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. Family Counseling Associates is an out-of-network provider, so counseling services will be covered to the extent under that category. Each insurance plan is different, so the coverage varies according to your plan’s specific benefits. As a service to you, we will file the claims for services on your behalf.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment with me by calling the Family Counseling Associates main office at 317-585-1060 or toll free 888-701-1060. Our office staff can answer any questions you may have and will provide you with some additional information.
I currently offer both day and evening appointments Monday through Friday. Appointments are typically 45-50 minutes in length.
Or, see the “schedule an appointment” page.
What should I expect at the beginning?
Starting the counseling process can entail a lot of different thoughts and feelings. You may feel a sense of confidence and peace, as if you have passed through a major barrier, just by making the first call. You may also worry about what the experience will be like, especially if you are new to the counseling process. Because the counseling process will include focusing on areas of your life that may be difficult to discuss openly, you can expect for there to be moments of discomfort. We will work together to make our way through these times, and they may very well be opportunities for additional growth and healing.
How long can I expect counseling to last?
There are a number of factors that can impact the length of counseling. One factor is the kinds of issues in focus; For example, perhaps you find yourself having a difficult time making a major decision in your life. In this scenario, counseling may be very brief (just a few sessions), where we work towards clarifying the issues, assessing the options, and planning your next steps. Consider a different example where the issue of focus is a long-established pattern of behavior or personal quality that has resulted in some significant loss, disatisfaction, etc. This scenario may entail a more long-term approach (6-12 mo.+) in order to effect significant and lasting change. Other factors that impact the length of counseling include the initial motivation to address these issues, and the level of commitment to continue focusing on the issues outside of the counseling process. Overall, it is difficult to predict an exact length of counseling, but usually a reasonable estimate can be made after our first 1-3 sessions and we will work towards this agreement together.