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How do I know if I should begin counseling?

People begin counseling for many different reasons. Some start therapy because they are feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed with stress in their lives. Others begin counseling to help them deal with relationship or family problems, self-esteem issues, histories of abuse, or  a significant loss. Then there are those who start therapy because they aren’t feeling very much at all, just stuck. Whatever the reason you’re thinking about counseling, I want to say “BRAVO” for believing in your own ability to experience greater joy and wellness in your life! Only you will know whether or not now is the right time to start doing the work to make this happen.

How do I choose a counselor?

If you are feeling like you’re ready to start counseling, it’s best to find a counselor with whom you’re comfortable. It’s important to find the right fit! It may be helpful to talk to the counselor first before scheduling an appointment. You may want to ask questions about the therapist’s style of counseling, their level of experience, their education and background, and  just generally get a feel for how s/he communicates. Keep in mind, though, that although it’s helpful to talk to potential counselors before the consultation appointment, it usually takes a few weeks in counseling to know if you’ve found the right fit because relationships take time to develop.

What does counseling look like?

Counseling looks different for every person. However, there are some patterns. Often, counseling takes place in weekly sessions in a counselor’s office and involves talking about the reason you sought help. This is called “talk therapy.” Other times it can involve an activity you do with a counselor, such as a worksheet to identify your thoughts or an artistic activity to get you in touch with a feeling. Regardless of technique, counseling is relationship-based; counseling works when you take insights you have gleamed from the therapeutic relationship and apply what you learn from your fresh, new perspective.

Can I use my insurance for counseling?

I am currently a provider with the BCBS insurance panel. You may still use insurance for counseling by submitting receipts for coverage as an out-of network provider. Be aware of the strings attached to the use of insurance. Each insurance plan offers different benefits including the amount of the deductible, number of sessions covered, etc., so it’s important to learn about your particular plan.

How do I get started?

Call or text me directly at (512) 774-4222 or email me at allison@expressiveheartscounseling.com. I’ll will get back to you within 24 hours for a free phone consultation.

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