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Q: What should I expect at my first appointment?

During your first session you will be greeted by the counselor you are seeing. The counselor will get to know you and explore what prompted you to see a counselor. They will never judge your actions or your reasons for seeking support. Their questions are always intended to give them a better understanding of your background, your current situation, and your emotional status. Your input regarding what you hope to achieve through counseling is an important part of planning the next steps. If possible, please bring any records of prior medical or psychiatric treatment.

Q:  How long and how many times a week is a typical session?

Sessions are usually 45 or 60 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.

Q:  How long will I be in counseling?
The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem, and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set amount of sessions. For others, counseling is an on-going process, and they choose to receive sessions for a longer period of time.

Q:  What if I want couples counseling, but my partner won't come?
Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for counseling. However, we often find that it is possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in counseling.

Q:  How much are your fees and do you take insurance?
Your fee depends on the kinds of services you request. You can learn more about the insurances we accept, fees for services, methods of payment, and general payment policy on the Service Page. Please read the Forms Page to better understand how to use your health insurance benefits.

Q:  Do I need to take medications?
As counselors and therapists, we are not allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist (medical doctor) to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone in-network with their health insurance plan or we can refer you to a local psychiatrist.

What is the difference between a LMFT, LISW, Psychologist (PhD or PsyD), and Psychiatrist (MD)?

LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist has a master's degree in psychology, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or marital and family therapy. Their emphasis is on primary services in counseling and psychotherapy from a variety of therapeutic orientations with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

LISW: Licensed Independent Social Worker has a master's degree in clinical social work. Their emphasis is on primary services in psychosocial diagnosis, assessment and treatment, client advocacy, consultation, evaluation and research.

Psychologist (PhD or PsyD): Possesses a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field with a license to practice therapy and conducts psychological testing and research.

Psychiatrist (MD): A medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry. Their emphasis is on primary services in prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications, and sometimes offers psychotherapy.

What is an LPC/I?

The state of South Carolina has two levels of licensing; a provisionally licensed counselor (LPC/I) and a fully licensed counselor (LPC). By completing educational and examination requirements, an individual can apply to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I) through the South Carolina's licensing board. The LPC/I then goes through a period of clinical supervision by a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC/S or a fully licensed counselor). After fulfilling the requirements of supervised practice, the LPC/I is eligible for licensure as a fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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