How can Recovery Counseling help me?
First and foremost; you don’t have to do this alone! A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling. I can provide guidance and support throughout your recovery journey. You will explore and identify the issues that are holding you back. You can learn new skills that will help you become the person you want to be and to develop the relationships and life you want to have.
Many people find that counselors can help identify problem issues, be a non-judgmental sounding board, provide support as you address, deal with and resolve daily and on-going struggles, can provide a new and objective perspective, in addition to providing positive encouragement on your progress.
The benefits you can obtain from counseling will depend on how committed you are to the process. If you are willing to be honest, open minded and make attempts to learn new skills and work on agreed upon goals, you are already on your way.
Some of the benefits available from Recovery Counseling include:
- Gaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing healthy relationship and boundary skills
- Finding ways to resolve the issues or concerns that led you to seek recovery counseling
- Learning more effective coping and stress management skills
- Managing your emotions in a more effective manner
- Improving communication and listening skills
- Changing old self-defeating behavior patterns and developing new life-enhancing ones
- Discovering new ways to develop, and maintain, positive and supportive relationships
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need Recovery Counseling?
Everyone experiences challenging situations in life. You have most likely been successful in handling a variety of difficulties in the past. There's nothing wrong with seeking out extra recovery support, from someone that’s been there and really understands how hard early recovery can be, and what it takes to maintain long term recovery too. Just the fact that you are reading this, shows that you already have a good sense of self-awareness and are courageous enough to reach out for a helping hand. That is very admirable! It shows that you are willing to accept and take responsibility with where you're at in life, and that you want to make positive changes for your future. Recovery Counseling can provide the support you need to achieve long term benefits by giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and learn to handle and overcome whatever challenges you may face in the future with confidence.
Why do people seek Recovery Counseling and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different reasons and motivating factors for coming to counseling. Some may be struggling with active substance abuse/addiction, some are being pressured by loved ones to seek help, you may be experiencing a long list of “minor” consequences and/or one or more “major” consequences, you may be having a hard time reaching your recovery goals alone, you may have tried other recovery methods that were unsuccessful or just didn’t seem to be a good fit, or… you’re just ready to try something new.
What can I expect from Recovery Counseling?
Everyone comes with their own individual issues and ideas of what they hope to gain, so each person’s experience will vary. In general, you can expect to talk about current life events, your personal history relevant to your current and past struggles, and discuss your progress and any new insights gained since the last session. The length of counseling will depend on the issues you are struggling with, the amount of outside positive and healthy support you have in your life, and what your goals may be. Counseling can be short term to help you get through a specific difficulty, or long term to help you learn new skills, and address multiple challenges. Regularly scheduled sessions are generally recommended, as they tend to provide better support, stronger accountability and more consistent progress towards desired outcomes.
It is important to understand that you will get better results from counseling if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of counseling is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do during a session, you will most likely be asked to complete various assignments between sessions to support your progress. You may be asked to read an article or book, to maintain a journal, or complete written assignments. I will often seek your input on assignments, but there maybe times that I will challenge you to try something new.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a counselor. Successful progress requires a high degree of trust, with highly sensitive information that is generally not discussed outside of the counseling relationship. I will not discuss or disclose anything that we discuss in our sessions without your Informed Consent and without a written and signed Release of Information.
In the rare event that information is requested by court order, I will be careful to be as sensitive as possible, and share as little as possible to comply.
State Law and Professional Ethics require counselors to maintain confidentiality. As a Licensed Professional and a State Mandated Reporter however, I am required by law to report the following situations to the proper authorities:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders, to the proper authorities such as Law Enforcement and/or Child Protection, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the counselor has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming themselves or has threated to harm another person(s).