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If I reach out for counseling, does that mean I am not trusting God enough or that I am weak in my faith or as a person?

Not at all. People who ask for help show great strength, courage, and humility. Jesus set the ultimate example for us by asking His disciples to stay awake and pray with Him before the crucifixion and by receiving help carrying the cross on the mission to His God-given destination.  Everyone needs help now and then. 

What’s the difference between talking to a counselor or my best friend or family?

It can be really hard to find a good listener!  Even if there is someone in your life who listens well, a professional counselor is set apart in a few ways.  

A counselor has specialized training to recognize underlying issues and symptoms contributing to a problem, as well as the latest research on best ways to move towards improvement.  Our professional counselors will help you approach your situation in a new way– teaching you coping skills, providing different perspectives, listening to you without judgment or expectations, and helping you listen to God and yourself.

Have you ever shared your most personal or painful struggles with someone you trusted only to have your confidence betrayed or the relationship end or change unexpectedly?  How you wished you could get that information back!  Counseling is and always will remain confidential, even after the counseling relationship has ended.  

Lastly, as painful as it might be to admit, it can become draining for a loved one to continue to share our heavy burden during a season of difficulty.  While they may care deeply for you, they may begin to pull away because they don't know how to help or have become depleted of the emotional energy necessary to be present with you. This leads to you feeling even more isolated or rejected than you already may.  Both you and your loved one deserve better.  

Why can't I just take medication to feel better?

Medication used in conjunction with therapy can sometimes be an important part of your healing journey, but it alone cannot solve all issues. Our work with you is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths and resources that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

While each person is unique and we tailor our plan and approach with that in mind, in general, you can expect to sit in a safe space reserved just for you, free of judgment or criticism, to be treated with dignity and respect, and be heard.  You are encouraged to share openly and honestly.  In return, your counselor will have the needed information to work with you to develop strategies, coping skills, and a growth plan that fits your needs.  

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique.  The length of time for you to accomplish your goals depends on your particular issues, your life circumstance, your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

It has been said that 90% of success comes from just showing up.  The therapeutic process is similar.  When you "show up," your counselor will encourage you and hold you accountable.  By showing up, you demonstrate your active participation and dedication, which are crucial to your success.