​Answers to Some Common Questions​​​


 

Why do people come to counseling?


The reasons people come to counseling are as varied as people themselves. Often, clients have encountered distressing or stressful experiences or situations which they’d like to talk about in a safe setting. These might include present circumstances of bereavement, separation, or other major life transitions, or experiences from the past, such as in childhood. Others seek help in dealing with specific psychological or behavioural traits which they’d like to alter, such as compulsive thoughts or difficulties relating to people. Some people seek counselling to help them explore a general feeling that their lives are not quite right, or to cope with feelings of depression or anxiety. Still others look to counselling as part of their effort to discover or create meaning in their lives. Many people are attracted to counselling as an opportunity to undertake personal development in a safe and supportive environment: it is not at all necessary to have a ‘problem’ to find counselling useful.

​(Excerpted from "Counseling Resource Mental Health Library" @ www.counsellingresource.com)



​   What can I expect if I decide to see a counselor?


Though counselors may differ in their approaches and techniques for helping, at Cumberland Counseling there are some things you can expect to be the same regardless of which counselor you see.


  • Professional counseling services provided in a compassionate environment where privacy and diversity are respected.
  • Assurance that counseling-related information will remain confidential**  (there are exceptions to confidentiality as required by law and defined in the informed consent document provided to all clients prior to beginning services).
  • Counseling that will look for and help clients build upon and utilize the strengths they already possess to help resolve their concerns. After all, though counselors have special skills and training, YOU are the expert on the subject of YOU. That’s why your input and participation in counseling is of key importance to achieving your desired outcomes.



  How are sensitive matters treated and my personal information                  protected?


The law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.
Also, the law defines certain exceptions when client information cannot be kept confidential. 
Those exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report  to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the person for whom the harm is intended.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will first do all we can to enlist their participation in ensuring their safety. If they persist in their intent to harm themselves, we will take further measures without their consent that are provided for under the  law in order to ensure their safety.
  • Our privacy policy is described in further detail in our Disclosure & Treatment Agreement. 

Please be assured that your privacy is a high priority for us with only your safety and the safety of others being more important.



We hope you find this information helpful in answering questions that are common when searching out options.  Also provided here are links to other sites where you can find additional information.

Resources 

​​​​​​​​Links for Additional Information

Mental Health Resources





Relationships/Marriage





Adjustment/Transition 

  




Parenting






Links for Parents, Kids, & Teens about Bullying





Spanish Translations to Self-Help Articles




​​Addiction Resources




Crisis Help


Adult Crisis Helpline:       1-800-704-2651

Y​outh Crisis Helpline:      1-866-791-9223

Suicide Prevention

Lifeline:                           1-800-273-TALK (8255)

​**It is always an option to call 911 or present to your local hospital Emergency Room**

​Cumberland Counseling Services