“It is not so much what happens to us in our lives but how we make sense of it” ~Dan Siegel
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Q: How do I know I need to go to counseling?
Q: Does it mean that something is terribly wrong with me if I need counseling?
Q: What would an appointment be like?
Q: How long is a counseling session?
Q: How long does that counseling process take?
Q: What types of issues do you address?
Q: If I think my friend and/or family member needs help, how do I get him or her to come in and see you?
Let your friend or family member know that you are concerned. Suggest that he or she make an appointment with a counselor to see if we can be of help. Try to phrase the communication using “I” language, rather than “you” language. For example, “I care about you and I am sad to see you hurting” rather than “You are in trouble and need help.”
Offer to be with your friend or family member while he or she requests an appointment.
Offer to accompany your friend or family member to their first appointment. You may wait in the waiting area to be available when they finish.
Come into the counseling center yourself, and talk with a counselor about your worries about your friend. You will not need to tell the counselor your friend’s name, and you do not necessarily even need to let your friend know you came in. The counselor may be able to offer you suggestions about how to interact more effectively with this friend, as well as to manage your own feelings about the situation.
Q: What are the benefits and risks to counseling?
Q: How much does counseling cost and what insurances do you accept?
Q: Do you do faith-based counseling?
Q: What is EMDR?
“EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
There are eight phases of treatment. The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets involves a three-pronged protocol (1-past memories, 2-present disturbance, 3-future actions), and are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. “Processing” does not mean talking about it. “Processing” means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.” More information can be found at www.emdria.org.