What is the benefit of a Phone Consultation?
Before you decide to schedule your first session, I am happy to provide a free phone consultation to answer any questions you may have about the general counseling process, session fees, and/or services offered. This helps you determine if I will be a good fit for you. Please feel free to contact me HERE, or by calling (334) 521-8302.
Will I need to complete any paperwork before my first session?
Yes. After your first appointment is scheduled, you will receive an email invitation to join the secure client portal, where you will review the Informed Consent and Notice of Privacy Practices, as well as complete the Client Intake Form. This helps me get to know you a little bit before our first session, which ensures that the time you’re paying for is used in the most efficient way possible.
What happens during the first session?
During your first session, we will review important details about the counseling process and your rights as a client, and I will also ask you some additional questions to gain a deeper understanding of what brought you to counseling. This will also be a time for us to discuss what you hope to get out of counseling.
Why did you become a counselor?
For many years, I have known this is what I wanted to do. My personal motto is “Love God. Love People,” and I believe counseling is the perfect way for me to fulfill my purpose. I love helping my clients see hope in their situation, and helping them discover and embrace their self-worth. I consider it a tremendous honor to step into my clients’ lives for a period of time and learn and grow from hearing their stories.
How long does counseling usually last?
The length of counseling is dependent on a number of factors, to include frequency of sessions and complexity of client concern(s). From the beginning of counseling, we will collaboratively develop specific goals to serve as a guide in our work together.
Will I have to explore my past in detail?
Sometimes just the idea of uncovering difficult, perhaps traumatic, events of your past is enough to make you want to run and hide. From the beginning, I want you to know that you have control over what you share and what you do not share with me. I do believe understanding how the past is impacting your present is key, however, you have the power to determine the pace and depth we go about this. Above all, I want you to know that my office is a safe, judgment-free zone.
How many sessions are typically recommended for premarital counseling?
I offer several premarital counseling options. Please click HERE for more information on premarital counseling and the Prepare/Enrich Inventory for couples.
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