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FAQ

What is counseling?

Counseling, also known as therapy or psychotherapy is a professional, collaborative, and relational process that empowers and enriches people to make positive changes, accomplish their therapeutic goals, and conquer emotional wounds.

Is counseling right for me?

Counseling is helpful for many people for many different reasons, but it only works if you are ready to commit to the process of change. When you work with a professional, they can help to provide insight, understanding, and a safe environment so that you can process life's difficulties. When this happens, growth and healing are possible. Therapy is right for anyone who is ready to take initiative and work towards lasting changes for their life.

When should I seek counseling?

Counseling services can be helpful at any time. We all have problems and concerns at one point or another and at times, these concerns become too big to handle on our own, and this is normal.

Below are some specific times when counseling may be the most helpful:

• When problems and concerns disrupt your day-to-day activities
• When there is conflict or instability in your close relationships (work, marriage, significant other, children, parent, etc.)
• Loss of someone and grief issues
• Traumatic events
• Longing for personal growth
• Family blending
• Identity concerns
• Spiritual or religious conflicts/concerns

How long will I be in therapy?

The length of therapy depends on specific factors such as the severity of the issue you bring to session and your motivation towards change. Duration of therapy typically goes for 1-4 months, or 4-16 sessions. Some issues may require less sessions, while some require more. The goal of counseling is to get you to a healthier place as soon as possible.

What if we get started, but later I want to go to someone else for therapy?

Therapy is about you and your change process. You always have the right to discontinue counseling with your therapist at any point. Lasting change takes place in a relationship that is the best "fit" between counselor and client. Your feedback throughout the counseling process is important to the therapist. If you decide you would like to change therapists, a referral can be provided for you.

Can you just tell me what I need to do?

No. A professional does not have every answer for every person. They cannot make decisions for you. The purpose of a therapist is to help provide understanding as to how your past and present are effecting your current situation and help you make changes to positively affect your future. The process of therapy is collaborative.

How much is counseling going to cost?

Therapy involves a significant investment of time, effort, and money. Our facility accepts many insurances which can be found under the "Insurance" section of the website. For a more detailed answer, please call our office at 269-815-5331, and a qualified billing professional will be able to answer your questions concerning costs.

What does confidentiality mean?

Confidentiality is the backbone of the therapeutic process. This means that all aspects of your participation in therapy are confidential as outlined by federal  and state law. These laws apply to such things as scheduling appointments, content disclosed in therapy sessions, and all records and documentation. Your therapist will cover the details of confidentiality, including law mandated limitations in your first therapy session.

Do you maintain a legal and ethical practice?

The professionals at Life Coach Psychology are committed to the highest principles of legal and ethical standards. The professionals adhere to Michigan and federal law for mental health providers by maintaining current licensing, learning through continuing education, keeping active insurance, and participating in clinical supervision and consultation.