I’ve always been able to work things out on my own, or at least with the help of family and/or friends. Why should I seek the assistance of a professional counselor?
There are times when family and friends can be extremely helpful assisting us with our issues. Oftentimes they can help us determine our best options or encourage us to keep the faith. There are times, however, when those closest to us may not ask the right questions or provide the best guidance. Professional counselors are trained to listen and to ask the right questions. We do not make decisions for you; rather we help you sort out your options based on the values that are important to you.
What about confidentiality? I am a very private person.
We value your confidentiality and strictly adhere to federal laws (HIPAA) concerning mental health and medical records. We will provide you a copy of the HIPAA laws at your first counseling session. We also provide VIP Concierge Services for some situations that are very sensitive, and require utmost discretion. Whether you are an executive with a busy travel schedule, or a client in a high profile position dealing with the challenges posed by that profession and lifestyle, or a private person/family, we will accommodate and personalize our services to meet your specific counseling/coaching needs.
I am considering seeking the help of a professional counselor. Is this a sign of personal weakness?
No. Most people would agree that realizing your need for professional counseling and taking the steps to secure it is a sign of personal strength. Ultimately, you have to decide. We all need a support system. The question is whether or not your current support system is adequate in light of the issues you are currently facing.
What is coaching? What’s the difference between the coaching and the therapy that you offer, since both of them are from a professional counselor?
Coaching typically focuses on developing and improving some aspect of yourself in order to achieve success in your career and/or personal life. Therapy typically helps you identify roadblocks or issues that may be inhibiting your ability to grow or heal. As a professional counselor, we combine all of those skills to help you move forward in a healthy way, achieving the desired outcome, either professionally or personally.
Does seeking the assistance of a professional counselor means I am mentally or emotionally unstable?
No. Seeking the assistance of a professional counselor does not mean that you are mentally or emotionally unstable. Rather, it means you need more support than your current support system can provide. Adding a professional counselor to your support system can help you achieve and maintain a high level of mental and emotional stability in spite of the issues you face.
What about my religious leader? I think I would feel more comfortable seeking out my spiritual advisor for help.
Religious leaders can be great resources. This is especially true if they have the experience and training necessary to counsel you. Most religious leaders, however, will let you know when your needs fall outside the scope of their training and skill set. Many will then recommend you to a professional counselor. At Focus Counseling Clinic, we also offer pastoral counseling.