Client Intake Forms

If you are thinking about starting counseling but still have a few questions after reading these FAQ’s, please contact us for a free consultation today.

  • General Counseling FAQs
  • Do I really need counseling? I never saw anyone in my family going.
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    People come to counseling for many reasons. Some come for problems in relationships, problems in vocation or low self-image & self-esteem. Others may come to work on addictions, anxiety or depression. Most are experiencing changes in their lives and want a little extra insight on where to go next. Many people find that talking with a counselor provides that little extra motivation they are looking for to get their lives back in balance. Counseling deals with several types of concerns such as long-standing negative behaviors, broken relationships, stress, abuse, depression, anxiety and so on. Ultimately, if you are looking to gain a healthier perspective on your world and are willing to work hard at practicing new, helpful patterns, therapy may be just what you are looking for.

  • Is counseling just for rich people? Can’t I just handle things on my own?
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    While you have probably been able to handle much of life on your own, if you are like most people, you probably could use some help now and then. Sometimes you cannot talk to family and friends, or worse, they are part of the problem! If you are strong enough to have come as far in life as you have then you are probably mature and insightful enough to know when you can handle a situation alone and when you need help. Counseling is one of the ways you can give yourself that support by learning new ways to identify triggers and move past negative patterns. Some of the patterns we work with include:

    Relationship issues

    At the end of therapy, many individuals experience personal growth, renewed confidence and additional tools for their sobriety. New skills are obtained that help people avoid or end abusive relationships, relate better to family, friends and co-workers, and find new ways of maintaining positive, healthy relationships.

  • What are some of the issues people come into counseling for?
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    ~ Feelings of Depression and Anxiety: Disappointment with life
    ~ Feelings of anger about the past and anxiety about the future.
    ~ Relationship struggles: Ongoing conflicts with loved ones
    ~ feelings of loneliness
    ~ difficulty finding and maintaining healthy relationships
    ~ social anxiety.
    ~ Family Counseling:
    ~ Family conflict resolution
    ~ re-defining family after divorce or loss
    ~ Restoring family communication.
    ~ Adolescent Counseling: Peer pressure & low self-esteem
    ~ social anxiety
    ~ relationships with other family members
    ~ hidden behaviors
    ~ sexuality and relationships
    ~ self-harm.
    ~ Spirituality and Faith: Questioning God
    ~ Questioning Life
    ~ Feeling stuck in a spiritual rut
    ~ Struggling with longings for deep, spiritual connections.
    ~ Raising self-esteem, and self-worth.
    ~ Overcoming childhood trauma including abuse, abandonment and neglect
    ~ negative family patterns ~ addictive or co-dependent families
    ~ attachment difficulties.

  • Will I have privacy?
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    Texas Law protects communications between a client and counselor. Without written permission from the client, a counselor may not disclose information with anyone but the client and their health insurance provider.

    There are some exceptions to this rule:

    1. Suspected or reported abuse of a child, elderly person or dependent adult. A counselor is obligated to inform appropriate authorities.
    2. When a client says they are planning to hurt themselves
    3. A client says they will hurt someone else
  • Counseling Session FAQs
  • What will happen in counseling?
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    While each person requires a little something different, in most counseling sessions you can expect to discuss your current and past concerns to pinpoint how, when and where you may have first learned to carry out unhelpful patterns. Some sessions are light-hearted, some may feel a little intense, and most sessions are a mix of both. We work hard to keep things at a comfortable pace while gently pressing you to grow. Most clients come in weekly, though some choose to come more often or less often. Some clients are in therapy for just a few weeks and others enjoy the benefits of counseling enough to come long-term. Every counseling experience is unique to each person and their specific goals.

  • What will make counseling the most successful?
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    The secret to success in counseling lies in finding a counselor you can connect with and working hard both in the session and out in the world where you put your new insights into practice. Our personal hope is that clients find and nurture caring relationships with God, self and others so that counseling is no longer needed.

  • How long will counseling last?
    Megan R. Lee, LPC-S04-01-2015

    It is important to realize that counseling can take some work on your part, and a bit of patience, but it does not have to be a process that takes a long time. It is a myth that counseling must last several months or years to be effective. We can work on your needs whether it is brief/short term counseling or long term counseling without losing sight of your treatment goals. Counseling does work, and many people often see some improvement within the first few sessions.

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