Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at my first visit?

 The relationship between therapist and client is the most important part of  the treatment process. Your first visit will be an opportunity for you  to meet your therapist and figure out  whether you  would work well together.  The first appointment is primarily designed for you to discover if you are comfortable with your therapist and the way in which she  works.   She will listen closely to you to develop an understanding of the hopes and concerns that bring you to therapy and to answer any questions that you have about the therapeutic process. 

How long will therapy take?

 There is no specific time frame for therapy.  Some people come for a few months and some come for many years.  Your therapist will work with you on a plan for your treatment and you'll discuss goals you hope to achieve in therapy. 

How often do I have to come in?

Most clients come in once per week however some come in less frequently.  Clients generally come in weekly for at least the first 6 months of therapy.  You and your therapist will determine how often you will need to come in for sessions.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

 Confidentiality is one of the most important parts of  therapy because  successful therapy requires a high level of trust.  With few exceptions,  what you discuss in therapy will not be shared with others without your permission.   Therapists are legally mandated to make certain disclosures in cases where there is suspicion of harm to yourself, harm to others, or child abuse. All  disclosures will be discussed with you in advance. 

Is there a sliding scale?

 At Transforming Lives Counseling Service we strive to make services available for everyone who needs them. We offer a flexible sliding scale so that we may help clients in circumstances of financial difficulty.   We also accept several insurance plans.

Can I talk about everything with my therapist?

Therapy is a place where you can talk about everything which you need to and feel safe and not judged.   Your therapist will not judge or belittle you.