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First Appointment/Assessment

The first session, the initial assessment, will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. This session will involve an evaluation of your needs and the goals you want to achieve. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan, if you decide to continue. Therapy involves a large commitment of time and energy, so you should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. All clients will have a diagnosis, based on the gathered information during the assessment. Diagnoses are technical terms that describe the nature of your problems and whether they are short-term or long-term issues. All of the diagnoses come from a book entitled the DSM-V and will be discussed with you. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. Generally, psychotherapy at H.O.P.E. Counseling Services, LLC is relatively short -term, proceeding on the basis of weeks rather than years. If you require services beyond the scope of what I can provide, I will refer you to other resources within the community.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy is for any adult, teen, or child in need of counseling services. Generally, the individual comes by him/herself for the session, though we do at times briefly speak to other family members should this be necessary (such as when seeing a teen or child).

In individual counseling, work occurs directly between the therapist and client. Struggles and concerns are discussed and techniques are suggested and learned. While not an all-inclusive list, some issues addressed during individual therapy include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Trauma, Neglect and Abuse
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Family Therapy

Family therapy emphasizes the importance of familial relationships in an individual's mental health. Involving family and loved ones is often beneficial in developing helpful solutions for the client seeking services. Therapy often focuses on solving conflict and problems as well as increasing positive communication within the family unit, thereby addressing the concerns and behaviors of the initial client.

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

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