What's therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique. That's part of what makes L.A. Counseling Services special. We'll work with you to set up a plan that meets your schedule and needs. Generally speaking, therapy involves a 60- to 90-minute dialogue with a therapist in a relaxed environment. Sometimes this will involve a series of weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions, but that will likely decrease over time. Eventually, you may opt to simply revisit topics periodically.
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it's to deal with long-standing psychological issues, problems with anxiety, or maybe depression. Other times, it's in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. If you feel a lack of inner peace, therapy may be right for you!
Is it too late?
It's never too late to seek help! Certainly some problems build and become more challenging over time, but that's when a counselor may be as critical as ever.
What about medication?
Medication can be a helpful part of your treatment. It is not a substitute for therapy. Often times it is used in conjunction with therapy. It is up to you and your doctor to decide if medication with be a part of your treatment.
Can't I handle this on my own?
This is a question each person has to answer for themselves. The best advice we give is to avoid taking on insurmountable challenges alone. It's easy to think "I've got this," but it's often too late by the time you realize... "Maybe, I don't."
Why not talk to a friend or family member?
Therapy is an opportunity to open up with someone without judgment. A professional therapist is removed from your personal life, which helps separate pressures or anxieties you might feel or place on someone else when talking with someone you know. Everything remains completely confidential, which can help you to open up and get to the heart of the problem.
What are you confidentiality policies?
Generally speaking, laws and policies exist to protect the confidentiality of our interactions with clients. We'll never disclose information without prior written consent. However, there are some exceptions that legally bind us – as counselors – to disclose information. For more details, please review our HIPAA policy. In summary, these include suspected child/dependent abuse and physical harm to yourself or others.
We know that many questions can't be captured in an FAQ and therapy is a big decision for many people. This is why we offer a free, 10-minute consultation. Call or email us today.