Frequently Asked Questions

"How do I choose the right provider for me?"

You are one step closer to receiving support. We recognize that choosing the right therapist can be anxiety-inducing. 

When choosing a therapist:

  1. Select a handful of providers to whom you feel drawn. Notice what attracts you to them.

  2. Research! On this site, if you hover over the providers' profiles, you'll notice they are linked to their practice websites. Visit their websites and read their profiles to learn more about their individual philosophies and approaches to therapy. Do they resonate with you?

  3. Contact the provider to gain a better feel for who they are and how you both interact. Do you feel comfortable talking to them? Do they feel approachable?

  4. If the connection "feels right," inquire about their schedule and fee. Are they taking on new clients? Do they accept insurance or are they out-of-network? What payment methods do they accept? 

  5. Finally, schedule an appointment with them. Congratulations on taking another step towards self-discovery and healing!

"What types of therapists are there?"

Master-level clinicians provide counseling. They do not manage psychiatric medications. 

  • Social Worker (LMSW or LCSW)

  • Professional Counselor (LPC or LMHC)

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)

 

Doctoral-level clinicians provide counseling and administer testing to diagnose issues like learning disorders. They do not manage psychiatric medications.

  • Psychologist (Ph.D./Psy.D./Ed.D.)

 

Those who have attended medical school and received extra training in psychiatry can provide counseling, but will likely focus on evaluation, diagnosis, and management of psychiatric medications.

  • Psychiatrist (M.D./D.O.)

"What happens during the first session?"

The first session is a time for you and your therapist to get to know each other. Your therapist will:

  • Explain the therapy process and expectations

  • Review their practice policies

  • Answer any questions you might have to help you feel comfortable

 

The therapist may ask you questions about:

  • Your reasons for seeking therapy

  • Recent stressors in your life

  • Your physical, mental, and spiritual health

  • Your relationships with family and friends

  • Your school, work, and/or home environment

  • And other such questions to get better acquainted

 

If you are seeking therapy due to a particular concern, please visit our specialty page.

For more information on available resources in your area, visit our resource page.