Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can pastoral counseling help treat mental health problems and other major life issues?
Yes, as a mental health clinician, I am trained to listen closely to what brought you to counseling. I assess your symptoms and level of distress and help you by asking key questions and being a supportive listener.
2. When should I seek help from a pastoral counselor?
Most people need a person outside their circle of friends or family to objectively listen and get their feedback. Since I am not your friend or part of your family, I can provide confidential support without judgment. If you have exhausted your efforts to solve a problem, feel that life is not worth living, or you are simply stuck, you may benefit from seeing a counselor. If spirituality is important to you as a balanced part of your overall wellness, I can integrate your values into the therapy.
3. Will I be judged or pressured about religion?
Absolutely not. I respect your values whether they include religion or not. I am trained to integrate counseling and spirituality for those who find comfort in their faith. On rare occasions, I have made referrals for clients who would be better served by counselors who share their faith values.
4. Do I need to come with my partner or spouse for couples counseling?
It is recommended, but I have seen clients individually for couples/marriage counseling.
5. Do you see children or teens?
Yes, I work with children ages 8-12 and teens.
6. What if I've never seen a counselor before? Will I be comfortable?
I hope so! There is no template for how counseling should go. You get to choose what you want to talk about or not. You can simply be yourself and share what has brought you to make this appointment.
7. Why should I see a counselor? Shouldn't I be able to solve my problems on my own?
Yes, it would be great if we could all solve our problems on our own, but sometimes we need help, and it's ok to ask! A counselor can help you organize your thoughts, create new solutions, and promote balance between your thoughts and your emotions.
8. How many sessions will it take before I feel better or the problem is resolved?
I don't know, but after the first session, I will have a general idea. Depending on your level of distress, your goals, and your willingness to address compelling issues, we can come to a consensus on how many sessions would be helpful. Some people come once, or weekly, or monthly.
9. Can I quit whenever I want to?
Yes, you are not obligated to continue counseling.
10. How much are your counseling fees and what if I can't pay the fee?
We can discuss your unique financial situation and assess your need for either a sliding scale fee or a referral.