"Counseling is a collaborative
effort between the therapist and client"

What should I expect from Counseling?

Psychotherapy/Counseling is a collaborative effort between the therapist and client.  Therapist/Counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional distress; see to improve communications and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; promote behavior change and optimal mental health.  Through therapy you examine the behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are causing difficulties in your life.  You learn effective ways to deal with your problems by building upon personal strengths.

Questions you may still have can be addressed during your initial phone conversation with one of our counselors.  Other questions may be more appropriately discussed in your first face-to-face meeting.

After your questions have been satisfactorily answer by your counselor, consider how comfortable you feel with the individual, since you will be working closely together during counseling sessions. It is difficult to open up and share your problems with a stranger and you may feel awkward or anxious during your initial sessions.  Counselors have different styles, personalities, and approaches.  Take time to evaluate how you feel interacting with the counselor and whether you believe that the two of you can work effectively together.    If you do not feel at ease with a certain counselor, do not get discouraged.  Instead, look for a different individual with whom you would feel more comfortable with.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

Is Everything I say Confidential?

All members of the National Association of Social Workers subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which require licensed clinical social workers (psychotherapist/counselors) to protect the confidentiality of their communications with clients.  Utah State licensure laws also protect client confidentiality.  As a client you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship.  Any disclosure will be made with your full written, informed consent and will be limited to specific period of time.  The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a counselor feels that there is a clear and imminent danger to you or to others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be disclosed such as a court case.  Whenever possible, you will be informed before confidential information is revealed.