How Often Do I Come To Therapy?
How often you come to therapy is determined by your individual needs and desires. This question can be explored by having this conversation with your therapist.
Is The Information Shared During My Counseling Sessions Confidential?
Yes, there are laws that protect the information shared between a counselor and their client. However, there are a few exceptions to this law, including:
- If the counselor suspects child, dependent adult, or elder abuse the therapist is required to immediately report this to the appropriate authorities.
- If the client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, the therapist is required to notify the police.
- If the client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
What is a LMFT, LPCC, AMFT, and APCC?
To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) one must complete an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree. During this time, they are also required to spend time in counseling themselves to gain a client’s perspective of the counseling process. Next, they become a trainee and work with a certified supervisor. Upon the completion of these steps the trainee becomes an associate. It typically takes about 5 years to complete these steps. Once a person becomes an associate, it typically takes around 2-4 years to accumulate the 3000 hours of supervised counseling sessions needed to become a LMFT and/or a LPCC. So, when you see one of our Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) or one of our Associate Professional Clinical Counselors (APCC) you know that these counselors are experience in their field, and you are getting the expertise from the AMFT as well as the expertise from a licensed therapist.