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What to Expect From Counseling

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the counselor and client, and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods that may be used to address the problems you hope to resolve. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. It calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on the things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

Generally a 45 to 60 minute counseling session is scheduled weekly or every other week. Sessions can involve an individual, couple or entire family. Who is involved and how often we met will be determined by your unique circumstance. Payment is expected at the end of each session. If you are using insurance, you are only expected to pay your co-payment. We will bill your insurance company for the rest.

For individual counseling, we help you by:
  • building self esteem
  • finding solutions when you have run out of ideas
  • offering you support and direction
  • helping you clear up confusion
  • improving your communication skills

For counseling sessions with more than one individual, Life Tide Counseling becomes an objective third party and helps everyone:
  • effectively communicate their frustrations
  • understand the other's point of view
  • seek a healthy resolution
  • learn to work together as a family or team
  • enrich their relationship
  • build trust in one another

For more information on how counseling works, please refer to our PDF document entitled "Out Patient Services Contract."