Counseling @ TACC
Steps Toward Getting Help...
Whether it is yourselves or someone we care about, the decision to seek psychotherapy or counseling can be a difficult one. We may not be convinced that it will help our particular situation or emotional distress or we may feel that we are not strong enough to do what is needed to take care of ourselves. As with all decisions that lead us to a new experience, the more we know about psychotherapy and the place we are going for help, the more comfortable we are in taking those first steps.
What is psychotherapy or counseling?
Generally speaking, counseling might be shorter term than psychotherapy. Both involve a process offering the opportunity for personal discovery, growth, and living better in relationship with ourselves and others. This takes place in the context of a safe relationship with a licensed and experienced therapist.
How do I know that therapy or counseling might be helpful?
Examples of when counseling can be a valuable tool are when:
We are experiencing feelings that interfere with our day to day functioning (i.e. depression, anxiety, anger, grief)
When life feels out of balance or out of control
When we are having problems in relationships with others
When we need help with self awareness and support to reach our potential
When we are having difficulty with adjustments to transition or loss in some aspect of your live
What is needed for a person to seek psychotherapy as a resource for themselves?
It is most helpful if a person can acknowledge their problem and be ready to talk about it.
The belief that they can get better and can trust the therapist offering help is also important
What should (I/we) look for in a therapist?
Know the therapist’s approach and style of working with clients. Your expectations and that of the therapist need to be clear. The style needs to feel like a good fit with your personality and what you are looking for overall. It is crucial that you feel comfortable with the therapist. You should look for someone who is experienced, competent, supportive and understanding. We need to feel that we are being listened to and accepted. Your agreement with the therapist needs to include confidentiality, clear boundaries and honesty. We need to feel comfortable questioning the therapist when we have the need.
What should I expect when I come to my first visit/Intake?
You will complete an Intale form form immediately before meeting with a therapist who will conduct the intake session. The Intake and Consent forms takes about 10 minutes to complete. The intake session will last anywhere from 30-45 minutes.
During the intake session, you and the therapist will work together to clarify presenting problems. The therapist will take a brief, but thorough, history with questions regarding: psychological and medical status, family history, any alcohol or other substance use, general well-being, and experience with previous psychotherapy.