Should I seek Counseling?
If you are an individual who is seeking answers to questions in your life then coming to counseling maybe right for you. At BHCS, LLC we offer several areas of expertise to help you answer questions you may be confused about. Counseling is a place to explore new meaning in your life or find new answers to life long standing struggles.
Exploration of your life
We all have challenges in our lives that can bring confusion, if your challenges are too overwhelming and you are unsure of what to do counseling maybe a way to find some resolution. If you are feeling conflicted about your path in life then let us help guide you in making new decisions and to get past the old ones while bringing a new awareness to your life.
What are the benefits of entering into the counseling relationship?
Counseling can teach you to problem solve more effectively and to help resolve specific roadblocks you have encountered in your life. Whether you are coming for individual, couples, or family counseling there are many ways to encourage growth.
Stress can be the number one indicator that reflects other entities such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, or poor self-esteem. BHCS, LLC can help you learn manage your problems and learn new coping strategies Usually there are several layers to determine during the counseling relationship.
Other potential benefits to be received from entering into counseling:
- Attain a better awareness of yourself
- Help you to achieve new goals
- Create personal growth
- Increase communication with interpersonal relationships
- Build better family relationships
- Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Manage anger and other emotional pressures
- Improve communications and listening skills
- Change old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is the counseling relationship like?
The first session in counseling is the intake process which can be about 1 to 1.5 hours. The intake process is between one and three sessions to decide if the therapist and client can establish a good understanding. There are referrals made if a there needs to be special considerations taken into account such as specialty areas. Counseling can typically last anywhere from 6 to 9 months it depends on the individual some counseling can be longer. Each session can last approximately 50 minutes. There is usually some type of work required such as reading an article or book, you may be asked to journal or keep track of certain patterns. For the process of counseling to work there has to be active participation and a clear understanding between the client and therapist. There is a great deal of feedback given in the counseling relationship to help the client grow from short term struggles or long standing patterns. Each session can help encourage understanding to learn new practical strategies and to develop new effective methods to your life’s quest.
Do I need to be on medications?
Sometimes medication may be indicated collectively with the counseling process. It is best to work with your psychiatrist or primary care physician to determine what’s best for you. If you don’t have a doctor BHCS, LLC can recommend several contacts for you.
How long do I need to stay on medications?
This will be up to you and your psychiatrist or PCP. The usual length of time can vary typically one year or more. Some clients will need to stay on medications for a long time mostly related to chronic mental illness.
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions: We accept several health insurance plans. Please refer to Services Offered page.
CONFIDENTIALITY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY TO THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
The laws generally protect the confidentiality of all communications between a client and therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. (Please refer to our helpful forms page to download these types of forms)However, there are some exceptions, required by law, to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.