• What can I expect when I call for counseling?

    What can I expect when I call for counseling?

    When you call, the therapist will ask a few questions regarding your contact information, concerns that prompted you to call, insurance information (please have this handy), and information regarding your first appointment.

  • How is faith-based counseling different from other counseling?

    How is faith-based counseling different from other counseling?

    Christian professional counseling blends God’s Word with mainstream psychological research and principles. Chicago Christian Counseling Center believes that therapy is most successful when provided by fully educated, trained and licensed psychotherapists (counselors) who also know, understand and believe in God’s Word.

  • Can I still be seen if I do not ascribe to a certain faith?

    Can I still be seen if I do not ascribe to a certain faith?

    Absolutely! While the Therapist holds to the core beliefs as outlined in the ‘About’ section, the Therapist understands that not every individual holds to the same beliefs. Your Therapist acts with utmost integrity and will respect your beliefs. Your therapist has been trained and licensed professionally and is able to provide you with psychological research and principles that have proven to be effective. Faith will not be incorporated into the counseling unless you specifically ask for this.

  • Can others attend the counseling session with me?

    Can others attend the counseling session with me?

    Yes, even if you are the ‘designated client,’ you may bring others with you if they are specifically connected to the topic/concern that will be addressed in the session.

  • Is what I tell the Therapist kept confidential?

    Is what I tell the Therapist kept confidential?

    Yes! There are laws that protect your privacy and the confidentiality of treatment that are listed in federal and state statutes under Protected Health Information and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These laws are provided to you in the New Client Forms. However, there are limited exceptions regarding confidentiality. In cases of suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders, therapists will divulge information only to the proper authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources. In cases in which the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person, the therapist will share information with the proper authorities.

  • What happens if I see my Therapist in public?

    What happens if I see my Therapist in public?

    Should this happen, your Therapist will not acknowledge you as a client and will not engage in conversation with you in respect to your privacy. This is standard practice and is considered as responding in accordance with professional boundaries.

  • How long do people attend counseling?

    How long do people attend counseling?

    This varies greatly depending on each individual’s needs and goals. It is common for individuals to come for 8 to 12 sessions on average. With children it can take longer to establish a foundation of trust before gains are experienced. In some situations, more sessions are needed before significant growth occurs.

  • What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

    What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

    It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause is not only medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what is best for you. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

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