Divine Comfort and Counseling

  So what is counseling?

       Counseling can follow many different models; most commonly, counseling is known as "talk therapy."  Sometimes all we need is for someone to listen; this alone can do wonders.  Counseling allows you to share and process your thoughts and feelings with a non-judgemental and experienced professional.  This process can unfold layers of submerged issues and concerns related to your current situation.  Have you ever had a conversation with yourself and solved a problem when talking out loud?  This is an example of the benefits of talk therapy; as you discuss your issues out loud, a trained professional will reflect your thoughts and use supportive skills to assist you in determining a clear understanding of the challenge at hand, and to illicit a healthy approach to resolving the issue.  In addition to traditional talk therapy, other models and approaches can be used based on the preference of the client (ie, cognitive behavioral techniques, family therapy, structural therapy, psychodynamic, dialectical, holistic, etc).

  Does this mean something is wrong with me?

       People seek counseling all the time!  There is not one person who has not experienced an adversity or challenge at some point in their life.  It is completely normal and healthy to seek counseling in order to gain insight and and perspective to your situation.

  How often do we meet?

       That is up to you!  After meeting for the inital session and gathering information, an experienced therapist will discuss with you any suggestions or recommendations as well as what your preferences are.  Some meet weekly, bi-weekly, some monthly.  With those who have more intensive needs, services may be increased to several times a week.  Our goal is to reduce services over time as your quality of life improves and self-efficacy is increased.

  How long does counseling last?

       The initial session will always be the longest as we are gathering information from you to thoroughly develop an individualized service plan.  After that, counseling sessions are typically 45 min - 60 min.  In addition, family sessions are typically longer and last 60-90 minutes.

  Can I bring a family member or friend?

       It is fine to bring a family member, friend, or loved one with you to your session.  However, if you are seeking individual therapy for sensitive issues, you may want privacy.  In many cases, it is helpful to observe family and relationship interactions as it provides more insight for the therapist and areas of needed development.  In addition to this, if there is domestic violence or physical abuse issues within the relationship, the first priority for the therapist is to ensure the safety of the client and it is highly recommended that you come alone in order to promote safety and confidentiality.  In this way, the therapist can better assess your immediate needs, and provided you with needed information and referrals as well as respond to any crisis.
  I do not have the ability to leave my home.  Can you still meet with me?

       Some therapists are able to visit you in your home; this depends on insurance approval.  Often times, we have met with clients that have severe mental illness or transportation barriers.  

  What if I feel more comfortable with a male/female?

       Our agency is able to provide therapists of different gender and race in order to foster a trusting and helpful relationship.  We emphasize client choice and our primary concern is for the client to feel they are benefiting from services.  Divine Comfort and Counseling strives to be culturally sensitive and we want to alleviate any barriers that could present themselves within the therapeutic relationship. 

  I saw that you offer Christian Counseling.  Do I have to be a Christian to recieve counseling services?

       Our agency is accepting of anyone and we will provide the same services regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, and/or beliefs.  Divine Comfort and Counseling is a Christian based center, however, we treat all clients with dignity and respect.  It is our Christian belief that teaches our second greatest commandment is to love one another; we demonstrate this through our works.  If you express a desire for Christian counseling to be the foundation of your therapy work, we will ensure to include it in your sessions.