Questions about Counseling Services

 

Who uses counseling services?

A collaborative effort between the counselor and the client is used throughout the counseling process. At the beginning of counseling, the counselor and the client work together as a team to develop a treatment plan. Sequential sessions are used to facilitate positive personal growth through support and education.

 

How can counseling help?

Counseling offers a mixture of support and education.  The counselor is a person not involved in the situation and can view the concern more objectively than close family and friends.  The confidentiality provided in counseling allows clients to speak more openly and freely.  Counseling provides a client the opportunity to explore his or her values, thoughts, feelings, and ways to make changes in his or her life.

 

What concerns are addressed in a counseling session?

The counselor and the client work collaboratively to create a treatment plan in the beginning.  Sequential sessions are used together as a team to facilitate positive growth throughout the counseling process.

 

What can I expect on my first visit?

During the first visit, the counselor will gather information about the concerns and explain the counseling process to you.  The initial visit is typically 90 minutes to allow time to gather the necessary information and to answer any questions you may have.

 

How long do sessions last?

The first session will be approximately 90 minutes.  Sequential sessions usually last around 50-60 minutes for adolescents and adults; sessions for children can range from 30–50 minutes.

 

How do you handle confidentiality?

Confidentiality is an essential component of counseling.  The counselor uses the ethical standards set by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling, the American Counseling Association, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.  Confidentiality will be discussed in further detail at the initial session.

 

What qualifications do you have?

I received a Master of Education with a concentration in Agency Counseling from the University of Montevallo in 2004.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Registered Play Therapist.  In addition to a master's degree, a passing score on the National Counselor Exam and 3,000 hours of supervised experience in a counseling setting were required for consideration as an LPC in the state of Alabama.  The National Board for Certified Counselors required a degree from a CACREP accredited track and a passing score on the National Counselor Exam.  Additional training and supervision were required to become a Registered Play Therapist including 150 hours of play therapy-specific training, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, and 50 hours of play therapy supervision.  With these credentials, I am required to participate in ongoing education.

 

How can I make an appointment?

To make an appointment or for more information, please call 205-461-8060.

 

Where are you located?

My office is located at 5520 Highway 280, Suite 4, Birmingham, AL 35242.

Directions:

From the intersection of  Highway 119 and Highway 280, go exactly one mile south.  Turn right immediately after Cowboys.  We are at the opposite end of the shopping strip called Greystone Center.  At the far south end of the Greystone Center (5510 Hwy 280), you will see a building that sits perpendicular to Greystone Center.  Benson Properties and Kenneth Clayton Spas should be directly in front of you.  We are at the end of that building.  You will see the name Innercare Counseling on the door.