Do I Really Need Counseling?

Counseling no longer holds the stigma that it once did. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, a relationship issue, or a life transition, now it is fairly common to seek assistance from a trained, objective professional. But, how do you know when you really need counseling? This is an individual decision, but if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve an issue then counseling can be a pro-active step in the right direction. It is certainly worth a try!

How Can Counseling Help Me?

Counseling can help you in a number of ways. At time you can be so immersed in your situation that it is difficult to make sense of it. Talking through issues with someone who is a trained, knowledgable professional can provide insight and perspective that you did not have before. An objective counselor can help you identify patterns of thinking / behavior that keep you stuck. You can also learn new ways to cope with difficult people or situations in your life. Counseling is designed to enhance your own problem-solving abilities and personal growth.

What is Counseling Like?

If you have never experienced counseling before, you may have some hesitations about the process. Oftentimes, it can feel unsettling to think about discussing private issues with a total stranger. Contrary to popular belief, you will not be asked to lie on a couch and be analyzed as you may have seen on television or in the movies. Your counselor is not a "know-it-all" expert who will tell you how to best live your life, but rather, an objective person who can come alongside you to help resolve whatever issue is causing difficulty. At Kairos Coaching & Counseling, we understand that taking the first step to come in and speak with someone is difficult. That is why we strive to offer a compassionate, supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable sharing even the most troublesome issues in your life. Coming in for that first appointment is the hardest step. We think that once you gather the courage to do that, you will quickly find that our counselors are the most professional, empathetic people in the field!

Do You Accept Insurance?

We are in-network providers for the following networks:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
If you have other insurance, our billing department will still file for you. However, full payment is expected at time of service. Please refer to the Couseling Rates & Insurance section HERE for helpful questions to ask your insurance company before you beginning counseling. Many clients prefer to pay out of pocket (which can be reimbursed by Flex Spending accounts) in order to prevent having a diagnosis on their permanent health record. This is just a matter of personal preference and whether or not you feel comfortable with your insurance company having access to private information shared in our sessions.

Is Therapy Confidential?

Yes! Rest assured that the information that you share in counseling sessions is strictly confidential and will only be disclosed to a necessary third party under particular circumstances.

  • If a client feels suicidal or homicidal, your counselor is required by law to take steps to ensure your safety as well as the safety of others.
  • A counselor is under mandatory obligation to report any child abuse, elder abuse, or abuse of handicapped persons in a client's care.
  • Another situation that may warrant disclosure of information is if your counselor is supoenaed to testify in court.
Outside of these situations, information will only be released with a client's written consent