The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to work on during the therapeutic process. Your clinician will review your current symptoms and past symptoms/treatments. We will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan for individual clients that are using insurance benefits.
To get the most out of counseling, it is recommended that clients meet weekly for the first 4 sessions, if possible. This allows the clinician the opportunity to get to know you and begin treatment quickly. Its okay if you can't come weekly, just try to make room in your schedule every 10-14 days maximum before you schedule your 1st appointment.
Our therapists are trained in a variety of approaches and you can see more about them via their biography page. We all pull from a variety of theories and techniques and find value in learning with each other about techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques are often helpful for our clients.
We do not have a psychiatrist at our practice. Therefore, we cannot prescribe medication. Many of our patients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, either contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, we can coordinate care with your doctor.
We do not work with clients in acute crisis that need same day appointments. We do not see children under the age of 16. We do not conduct child custody evaluations nor do we provide custody recommendations. We also don’t provide treatment for substance use disorders, psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, etc), or personality disorders. Due to state licensing laws, we can only provide therapy and counseling to individuals residing in North Carolina.
No. We are not able to allow clients to bring their animals with them to appointments due to liability insurance restrictions. We also do not offer emotion support certification documents. We do have a therapy dog that works at the Lyckan location with Stephanie. Feel free to say hello when you see them in the waiting areas!
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