Types of Services
Individual counseling is a service where clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health provider. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that 1 in 5 Americans are affected by mental health issues, and individual counseling has been show to be an effective form of treatment to treat most of those conditions. Clients can expect to discuss their mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral difficulties in a confidential setting. Individual counseling sessions typically last around an hour on a weekly basis for anywhere from a few times to a few years. This is all determined based upon the presenting problem and its severity along with how clients respond to treatment.
On average, couples therapy has a success rate of roughly 70 percent. Couples counseling can be effective in improving communication, restoring connection, reducing anxiety and depression, managing conflict, and creating secure emotional bonds between partners. Typically, couples will meet with their provider jointly for the first session, then the next two following sessions each partner/spouse will meet individually with the provider. After that, the couple will meet again together with their provider to discuss how they would like to proceed with treatment and determine if they are suitable for couples therapy. It is important to note that not all couples are right for couples therapy. Couples counseling typically lasts anywhere from 8 to 20 sessions, sometimes more.
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Family counseling is a form of psychotherapy that typically includes parents, siblings, children, grandparents, extended-family members, and all other types of family members. The focus of family therapy is not just on the one individual, but rather on the set relationships in which the person is embedded. There are many reasons that individuals and families seek treatment, including but not limited to: developing and maintaining healthy boundaries, improving communication, building empathy and understanding, and reducing family conflict. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy states that "family therapy is brief, solution-focused, specific, with attainable therapeutic goals, and designed with the 'end in mind.'" On average, families can expect to meet together with their therapist for about 10 sessions. Not all therapists are trained in family therapy given the needed specialized skills and training so its important to work with a qualified mental health professional.