Got questions about counseling?
We have answers! It’s common to have questions about counseling so we have provided some answers to the most common questions we receive. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here or call at 610-889-2089. We’d be happy to help you find the best counselor in our Berwyn office, for your needs.
What should I expect for my first session?
In order to best support you, it’s important to learn about your life and the challenges you are facing. The first session usually entails asking you for a detailed history of your mental health, medical, and relationship concerns, as well as your goals for therapy. By the end of the first session, your therapist will be able to suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Is everything truly confidential?
Above all, you must be able to trust your therapist. We follow best practices to ensure that your personal information stays private. We never* share information about you without your written permission.
*As mandated reporters, all therapists are legally required to contact the appropriate emergency services if we have reason to believe that a client potentially presents a danger to themselves or others, or if a minor or an elder is being harmed.
If my teen comes to you, will the parent be included in what is going on?
We believe that parental and family involvement is important for the progress of your teen, and encourage participation in the therapy process. However, we also understand the need and right of adolescents to have their own safe space in which their privacy is respected. We protect your child’s privacy the way we do your own but will work with them to talk to you when an issue arises that is important for you to be aware of.
Of course, we will notify you if we believe your child is at risk in any way.
Aren’t all therapists marriage counselors?
Absolutely not! Many therapists see couples and families without having the appropriate training and credentials. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), work under the supervision of an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) approved supervisor for a minimum of 1500 hours before we can become licensed.
If you had couples or family therapy in the past and felt like the therapist sided with one person, or if it seemed like the therapist was doing individual therapy instead of working with the everyone in the room, you probably were not seeing an LMFT.
When interviewing a counselor for couple or family therapy, here are a few important questions to ask:
- Where did you get your marriage and family therapy training?
- How many hours of AAMFT-approved supervision did you receive?
- What percentage of your practice consists of couples and families?
Do you accept my insurance?
Our licensed therapists will be glad to give you receipts or a superbill to submit to your insurance company if you have out-of-network benefits. We can accept health savings account cards for payment.
We have chosen not to accept insurance because we believe that you and your therapist are best-qualified to determine the type of care you receive. For more information about the using insurance: http://couplesandfamilywellnesscenter.com/what-to-bring/
Where are you located?
We are located at 1034 Beaumont Road, Berwyn, PA, 19312. The office is conveniently located, just a few minutes from Lancaster Avenue, West Chester Pike, I-476, and the King of Prussia exits of the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
How long are our sessions?
Sessions generally last for 50 minutes. Some people feel like they make more progress with longer sessions. Talk with your therapist if you want to schedule extended time.
How long will I need to be in counseling?
There is no definitive answer to this question. It depends on the complexity of the issues that lead you to seek treatment and whether the problems are situational or ongoing. Some people feel better after just a few session, while others benefit from therapeutic support for months or even years. You and your therapist periodically will evaluate your progress. We want you to gain the confidence and tools to terminate treatment when you are ready.
Do I need to bring anything to my first session?
You can find the intake paperwork here: http://couplesandfamilywellnesscenter.com/what-to-bring/
Please bring your driver’s license.
Payment is expected at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards and HSA cards.
We look forward to seeing you soon!