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.
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:
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.
Links for Additional Information
Adult Crisis Helpline: 1-800-704-2651
Youth Crisis Helpline: 1-866-791-9223
Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
**It is always an option to call 911 or present to your local hospital Emergency Room**
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