Common Questions

How do I know if me or my child needs counseling or Play Therapy?

Seeking counseling does not mean that there is something wrong with you or your family. On the contrary, it shows that you are doing something right…taking care of YOU! When the issues that you experience begin to dominate your daily life, it may be time to reach out to a counselor to alleviate the pain, suffering and make a positive change to improve your relationships, and overall satisfaction in all areas of your life. The following issues are often the focus of attention when individuals and families seek counseling.

  • Child behavior management and emotion regulation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Neurodevelopmental concerns
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Child Abuse Survivors and Domestic Violence
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Foster Care Placement (Kinship and Agency) and Adoption
  • Life Transitions
  • Parent Coaching
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Communication Skills

How is counseling more beneficial than talking to a friend or family member?

It is wonderful to be able to share with a friend or family member that you trust! However, a trained professional counselor has developed skill and understanding with respect to the techniques and methods that are necessary for your success with implementing change. Friends are not bound by the standards that professional counselors follow, and oftentimes are partial to your perspective and relationship, and this could create a hardship. Seeking the expertise and empathetic support from a professional counselor provides the guidance and insight you might need to develop an understanding of your situation and what you need to make an impactful change.

Will I feel better during counseling?

Initially, you will notice an improvement, or some relief of your emotional distress. However, it is not uncommon for this to be temporary. It is important to know that counseling may uncover some feelings that are deep rooted, and may make you actually feel worse for a short time. During counseling, as we build a strong therapeutic relationship, we will look at behavior patterns, thought patterns, emotions and situations that cause you distress, or situations that you may have difficulty embracing. It is common to experience a range of emotions, including anger, confusion, sadness and elation while you are in counseling, and these should decrease in intensity over time, and be exchanged with healthy and balanced emotions and approach to life in the situations you experience. A committed and consistent approach to your growth often leads to benefits that outweigh the pain you may experience in the beginning of counseling. For parents/guardians of children in counseling, it is important to embrace the child’s positive changes and implement the skills learned in parent meetings to meet the needs of your child as they grow and internalize their new skills. Parents feel better when their children feel better!

How long will I need counseling?

Every situation is different, and each individual is unique. The length of counseling depends on the presenting concern, its severity and your goals for treatment and wellness. Counseling is usually more successful when consistent appointments are kept and recommendations are followed (including homework!). Together we will discuss a schedule and therapeutic treatment plan that will best meet your needs.

If my child needs counseling, will I need counseling also?

When you bring your child in for counseling, the primary focus will be on your child and the goals we have established for your child. However, children flourish most when they are fully supported by their loved ones, and it is important for the parents/guardians to be a part of the process. We provide consistent feedback and an educational perspective through coaching and consultation so that you are involved in your child meeting the goals we have established, as well as learning new approaches to managing behaviors and emotions, aligned with your child’s healthy development. Family Therapy may be a necessary part of the process, and will be addressed as the need arises. If it is decided that you would benefit from individual counseling, in addition to your child’s counseling, we would provide you with a list of referrals that may be a good fit for you and your concerns.

Do you accept insurance?

Please speak with your counselor regarding the insurance plans that they are participating providers with. In the event that your counselor is not on your insurance plan, Embark Counseling Services, LLC can either bill your insurance on your behalf, or provide you with a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company.