Why do people go to counseling?

People often come to counseling because they are hurting or feeling lost or stuck. They may be experiencing a problem that they’ve been unable to figure out or they may be unhappy with a partner or a family member, a job, or stressful or unwelcome changes in their lives and circumstances. You might be surprised to learn, however, that folks who are generally happy with their lives seek out counseling, too! These folks may be looking for help with a career change or seeking to further improve communication and/or interpersonal skills or searching for a safe place to nurture a dream.

How does counseling work?

At its core, counseling is about cultivating healthy change. Counseling works because it provides a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space for you to identify and examine the changes you wish to make, as well as a place to gain the tools and skills necessary to make those changes stick.

How long does counseling take?

I find that folks who come to counseling with a clear goal and the willingness to do the work involved achieve change the fastest. These same folks are also willing to come back now and again for support to maintain the changes they’ve made. If you’re less sure about your goals for change or are in crisis, counseling will support you through the rough patches while helping you to achieve clarity about your goals for change. Sorting through the pain and confusion will add more time to counseling, but it’s critical to finding peace in the changes you ultimately choose to make.

Do you take insurance?

No. I choose to use my time and skills as a counselor to focus on you and your healing process. I am unwilling to encumber you with a diagnosis or to report your progress to a bureaucratic third-party, both of which I would be required to do by insurance companies. I encourage you to view counseling as an investment in your health and well-being, and to take charge of how often and for how long you choose to participate in counseling.

What else is important for me to know about counseling?

Counseling may be messy, painful, and difficult. You may experience a gamut of emotions, sometimes within the same session. It is not uncommon to feel anger at the counselor; in fact, it is quite likely at some point! You may feel worse before you start to feel better. It takes patience, effort, and faith that change is possible and preferable. And it’s totally worth it!

How do I get started?

Contact me at 224-659-2654 to schedule a 90-minute intake appointment. Come prepared to discuss what brings you to counseling, to complete some paperwork, and to formulate a plan going forward. Congratulate yourself on taking the first step to finding peace!