Frequently Asked Questions

How can counseling help me?
What is Christian counseling?
What is therapy like?
How long does it take?
What happens in the first session?
What about medication vs. therapy?
How does everything remain confidential?

How can counseling help me?
Counseling helps people in a variety of ways. Sometimes people feel stuck or unhappy in life, and other times people experience strained or difficult relationships. Counselors or therapists can provide support, life skills, and healthy coping strategies. Many people also find that counselors can be instrumental in enhancing personal growth, relationships, family, marriages, and so much more. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective or a new way of thinking or handling difficulties in life. Whatever problems you are having, whatever place you are in life, talking about these things can bring healing, perspective and wholeness to your life.

Everyone goes through difficult seasons in life, and you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties in the past however, seeking out extra support when you need it is a very good thing. Seeking therapy is for people who have self-awareness and realize they need a little extra help and support. By going through the process of change and healing you take responsibility and begin accepting who you are and discover where you are going. Making a commitment to change through therapy is a very healthy decision. Therapy gives you the tools you need to avoid triggers, identify and reprogram damaging patterns, and overcome the hurt and frustration of loss.

What is Christian counseling?
Christian counseling integrates values and principles from a Biblical Christian perspective into the therapeutic process. Christian counseling does not mean that Christian views are pushed onto any client, however, it is helpful for clients to know that their faith can be a strength in overcoming any difficulties they are experiencing. We believe that treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit is important to healing.

What is therapy like?
Therapy is a process of discovering and sorting out things that hold you back from a life of contentment and joy. Yes, it will take trust for someone to be able to disclose some very hard things, but in the end it will heal and grow a person. It is very important for clients to be actively involved in the process and committed to change. Through dialogue and learning more about yourself in sessions you will find that you will reach goals and heal from many of those things that have hurt you or held you back from really living.

How long does it take?
It depends on the extent of what you are coming in to talk and get help with. It is difficult to put a time frame on treatment because it varies on an individual basis.

What happens in the first session?
In first session the therapist gets to know you and what has been going on. There could be a lot of questions asked of you but this is for the therapist to get to know you and what has been going on in your life. It will not be like this every session. The therapist is trying to build a trusting relationship with you so you will be comfortable opening up and sharing.

What about medication vs. therapy?
Many clients who come to PetraPlace are skeptical about using psychopharmacologic medications. There is evidence that for some people, medication is necessary. We do not prescribe medications but are willing to work with your doctor should the need arise. It is well established that the pain that causes mental and emotional problems will not cease because of the use of medication. At times, it is helpful for a given period while working on the deeper issues which are the actual cause of symptoms and behavior patterns. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the best intervention. We do everything we can before we even explore the use of any meds. This is a decision made between therapist and client.

How does everything remain confidential?
We believe that trust plays an important role in building relationships with our clients. Not only do we want to keep your private information confidential, but the law and professional ethics also require that information be kept confidential and may only disclosed in the following situations:

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.

By law we are mandated reporters and are required to report in these situations.

If you would like for us to communicate with other professionals or a family member about your care, you may fill out and sign an authorization for disclosure form so that we may speak freely with whomever you have authorized.

 


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