Counseling, psychotherapy or pastoral counseling normally occurs on a weekly basis and is structured around a standard 50 minute session. Therapy works because you take this time to be as transparent as possible about the feelings, thoughts, impulses and visions you are experiencing. The job of your therapist is to listen carefully to your concerns, help you reflect in deeper ways upon your issues, explore inner and external conflicts that keep you stuck, and to suggest behaviors and action steps to facilitate the change you desire.
This is your "set apart space" in your week to be totally yourself, to look deep within, explore the origin of your troubles and find a sense of peace and healing that will allow you to move forward toward a healthier life.
There is no set timetable to therapy. You may realize benefits as quickly as a few sessions, or feel the need to stay in therapy more long term to sustain and support your growth. You are under no obligation to continue therapy beyond the next agreed upon appointment.
Counseling or therapy may be done either as an individual or with loved ones, i.e. couples therapy or family therapy
. All of the above guidelines apply to conjoint therapy. However, when individuals come to therapy as a couple or as a family, then the primary client is the relationship, not the individual. The focus of therapy shifts away from the individual to the relationship's health and well being. The task of such therapy is to enhance the health of the relationship.
The Kinds of Issues that We Can Help With
Counselors can work with individuals, couples, families and adults in addressing different issues, including:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Couple and family conflicts
- Premarital preparation
- Grief and loss
- Death and dying
- Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Faith and Spirituality
- Moral and Ethical Decisions
- Career and Job Transition
- Career burnout
A fee scale of $85-$125 per hour is used to determine a client's fee. Fees are determined in consultation with your counselor/therapist. If you cannot afford these fees and receive counseling services, you may consult with the director about financial aid.