Frequently Asked Questions

“Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.” ~ Sojourner Truth

Counseling FAQ’s

Counseling is a collaborative process between a trained professional counselor and a client. It aims to provide support, guidance, and a safe space for individuals to explore their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and relationships. Counseling can help clients address personal challenges, improve well-being, and achieve their goals.
    Counseling can help you in various ways, such as:
  • Gaining insight and self-awareness
  • Developing coping skills for managing stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Improving communication and relationship skills
  • Resolving conflicts or traumas
  • Setting and achieving personal goals
  • Enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Navigating life transitions or difficult life circumstances
No, counseling is not limited to individuals with mental health issues. While counseling can certainly help individuals struggling with mental health challenges, it is also beneficial for personal growth, self-improvement, and navigating life's ups and downs. Counseling provides a supportive space for individuals seeking guidance, self-exploration, and overall well-being.
An standard counseling session is generally 53 minutes. However, the entire duration of counseling varies depending on several factors, including the client's needs, goals, and the nature of the issues being addressed. Some individuals may find relief and resolution in a few sessions, while others may benefit from longer-term therapy. The counselor will work collaboratively with you to determine the appropriate duration of treatment.
Yes, counseling sessions are confidential. Professional counselors adhere to strict ethical guidelines and laws to maintain client confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality may occur in cases where there is an immediate risk of harm to the client or others. Your counselor will explain the limits of confidentiality during the initial sessions.
The frequency of counseling sessions depends on your individual needs and the agreement between you and your counselor. Initially, sessions may be more frequent, such as weekly, to establish rapport and address immediate concerns. As progress is made, sessions may be spaced further apart. Your counselor will work with you to determine the optimal session frequency.
Trauma counseling is a specialized form of therapy that aims to help individuals recover from traumatic experiences and alleviate the symptoms associated with trauma. It provides a safe and supportive environment where clients can process their emotions, gain understanding, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
If you have experienced a distressing or traumatic event and find that it continues to impact your daily life, relationships, or mental well-being, seeking trauma counseling may be beneficial. Common signs that you might benefit from trauma counseling include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, avoidance of triggering situations, or difficulties with functioning and relationships.
The effectiveness of counseling varies for each individual. However, common signs that counseling is beneficial include experiencing increased self-awareness, improved coping skills, enhanced relationships, reduced distressing symptoms, and progress toward your identified goals. It's important to maintain open communication with your counselor and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Yes, counseling can be combined with other forms of treatment when appropriate. It is common for individuals to receive counseling alongside other healthcare interventions, medication management, or complementary health approaches for certain mental health conditions. It's essential to inform your counselor about any other treatments you are undergoing to ensure integrated and comprehensive care.

Massage Therapy FAQs

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. All massages are tailored to individual needs and can be focused on specific areas.
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, the pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.