Most people can benefit from counseling services at some point in their lives. Seeking professional assistance is a sign of good coping skills and intelligence, not a sign of weakness. Counseling gives you the benefit of an outside perspective.
The feeling of being stuck is usually what brings most people to counseling. Sometimes people feel stuck in a dissatisfying career, relationship, mood, thought pattern, or destructive patterns of behavior. People may approach their “stuckness” or problems in the same ways, each time hoping for different results. What is necessary is a change in strategy. A new approach. A counselor is able to offer an objective and caring perspective, utilizing your strengths, to help you move forward. Clarifying your strengths and values, identifying possibilities for your future and unblocking emotions will usually bring relief, clarity, awareness and a renewed energy to face life’s challenges.
Here’s a video interview of Rachel discussing “what is counseling” and what to expect.
What Should I Expect from Counseling Services?
Counseling is a process of self-examination, clarification of values and beliefs, emotional awareness, and growth. You may choose to make changes in your attitudes, perceptions, and behavior as you progress. Research has shown that counseling may contribute to increased productivity, enhanced self-respect, and improved communication in all kinds of relationships. Sometimes the process may be energizing, exhausting, or even painful. Emotional healing may become personally enriching, causing you to face conflict in relationships and learn new coping styles. We will do everything possible to provide a positive counseling experience for you.
On your first visit, your counselor will ask you many questions to find out what brings you to counseling, what you hope to gain from your visits, and information about your history. The initial session is a chance for you to get a feel for your counselor’s style and to make sure that it is a “good fit” for you.
How Long Does Counseling Last?
The initial counseling intake is generally 60 minutes. Counseling sessions themselves last approximately 45 minutes. At times your therapist may recommend 90-minute sessions, for EMDR or marriage counseling for example. Most sessions take place weekly, depending on your concerns. However, sessions may be scheduled more or less frequently. The number of sessions needed varies with each person and problem, which will be discussed during the initial sessions. However, it is also important to do your own reflection and work in between sessions. For counseling to “work”, whether it be therapy or career counseling, you must be an active participant, both in and outside of sessions.
Counseling is a process that takes courage, patience, and an open mind. As licensed therapists and certified career counselors, we are committed to providing an experience that is solution-focused on your goals.
How Do I Know If My Concerns Require Therapy?
Are your concerns getting in the way of enjoying your daily life? Do you feel overwhelmed, worried, or unsatisfied? Are you finding it challenging to make the changes you want to make in your life? Are you feeling stuck or unsatisfied in your relationships? If so counseling may be right for you. A counselor can offer practical assistance, support, compassion, a different perspective, new strategies, and coping skills so that you can make deep and lasting changes in your life.
How Do I Find the Right Therapist For Me?
At Eddins Counseling Group our goal is to find the counselor that is the best fit for you and your specific needs. Our intake schedulers are trained to understand your concerns and find the right match for you. Each of our counselors has specialized training and continues to stay current with evidence-based practices in their area of expertise. Our counselors meet you where you are and counsel from an empowering and nonjudgmental place.
How Can I Fit Therapy Into My Busy Schedule?
We understand that your daily life can be hectic and how hard it can be to fit counseling into a busy life. Eddins Counseling Group offers early morning, lunchtime, evening and weekend appointments as well as online therapy to fit your scheduling needs. Some clients opt for longer, less frequent “intensive” sessions. This allows you to “get more done” in each session with more space in between to practice new skills.
I Want to Enter Marriage Counseling With My Partner. What Should I Do If My Partner is Unwilling to Come With Me?
Individual relationship counseling has been shown to lead to improvement in couple relationships as much as couples counseling in some cases. Whether in couples or individual relationship therapy, you ultimately can only change yourself, not your partner. However, when one partner changes and focuses on being happier, the negative pattern in the relationship changes. Our counselors can help you understand how to be happier with where you are as an individual and that in turn can translate into a happier marriage. We can also help you communicate more effectively with your partner. And, when your partner sees you taking an active role in the betterment of the relationship, that often leads to a place where they are more open to counseling.
How Many Sessions Do You Typically Suggest for Couples/Marriage Counseling?
Many people wonder how long marriage counseling takes to make the desired changes in their relationship. The average time varies, with the most important factor being the couple’s goals for the relationship. If the goals are coaching or solution oriented such as resolving issues around parenting or day to day responsibilities, the amount of time for relationship coaching could be 4-8 sessions. However, more frequently couples are dealing with long-standing relationship patterns, complex issues such as infidelity or an affair, or individual issues such as depression or anxiety. We offer effective methods of couples therapy including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and The Gottman Method to help couples create lasting change in their relationships. On average, successful marriage counseling is 12-16 sessions. Other factors that contribute to a successful couples therapy outcome are consistency (participating regularly in couples therapy), active participation (practicing skills in between sessions at home with your partner) and motivation. It can be harder to change when one partner is evaluating whether to leave the relationship. Typically, couples meet weekly to begin learning new skills. Once they have begun implementing skills, sessions decrease to less frequently allowing time for more practice in between. It is well-worth the effort to invest in your relationship, the earlier the better.
What is the Career Counseling Process?
If you are choosing or changing your career, your counselor can offer assessments that will help you understand your personality, interests, strengths, and values. This information points to specific careers or work environments. Your career counselor can give you the tools to explore career alternatives so that you can be confident in your decision. A career counselor can also help you choose and take the next step in your career, or give you tools for dealing with, and in some cases, leaving a toxic work environment.
Can I Take the Personality Tests Only Without Pursuing Career Counseling?
We do offer the MBTI Complete as an online tool for people who just want to understand their personality type. However, it does not provide specific career information or the guidance of a knowledgeable career counselor who may have used the assessments with hundreds of clients.
How Old Does a Child Need to Be to Receive Counseling at Eddins Counseling Group?
Our child therapists provide child counseling for verbal children ages 3 and older.
How Safe is My Personal Information?
How Do I Pay For Sessions?
Payment is expected at the time of service. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal check or cash is accepted. We also accept Health Savings Account and Flex Spending Account cards from your employer. Career counseling services may be tax deductible as a “job search” expense if applicable. Ask your career counselor for a statement of services for your tax records.
Do You Accept Insurance?
We are considered out of network for insurance purposes. You can request a statement of services that can be used to submit to your insurance company towards your out of network mental health benefits. You may also use your health savings account or flexible spending account to pay for sessions with your counselor.
*Please note that marital or couples counseling is not covered by insurance as it not considered a “medically necessary” service. To confirm, call your insurance company, and ask specifically, “Do you cover diagnostic code V61.1 used for marriage counseling?” You want to determine whether they consider V61.1 Relational Problems to be a medical necessity.*
**If you choose to file with your insurance company, be sure to call the number on your insurance card prior to your appointment to find out your out of network benefit details.**
Questions to ask your insurance company when you call:
- Do you reimburse for out of network mental health services
- What is my deductible
- Do you require pre-approval of services before you will reimburse
- What mental health services (codes) do you cover/not cover
- What is the allowable amount *If they say they can’t tell you this, that’s not true. It is against the law for them to withhold this information from you.
If you will be seeking reimbursement from your insurance company, we recommend Better – an app to help patients who pay out-of-pocket to get reimbursed by their health insurance.
Once you sign up with their app and send Better a photo of your insurance card, you can upload the superbills we provide you with to simplify the reimbursement process from your insurance. Better will submit your superbills to your health insurance on your behalf.
In case of an emergency, you can call any of the following emergency numbers: 911, United Way Crisis Hotline (713) 228-1505, MHMRA Crisis Unit (713) 970-7000 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room for assistance.
We look forward to meeting you.