Seeking out therapy is both an individual and family choice. People come to therapy for many different reasons which may include learning skills, processing grief and loss, healing from traumas, or long standing psychological concerns. It might be due to an unexpected change in life such as job loss, school concerns, death, divorce, pain management, anxiety, or depression. Other reasons may include dealing with parenting issues, social skills, improving relationships, or finding ways to create balance and happiness in life. A therapist can help to provide insight, support, and new strategies for life's challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in life. . counseling Groups in Phoenix Schools in Phoenix
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is someone who has a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and has fulfilled all of the licensing requirements in their state. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker is trained in the Ecological Perspective, looking at the person and their environment. My practice is based on assessing the client and their needs. An LCSW is qualified to give a diagnosis for mental health issues, and work with the client, but they do not prescribe medications.
Research has shown that clinical therapy can be very successful. Many clients have reported relief from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and issues affecting the individual's life. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy can be helpful. Working together with a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or primary care physician as part of a team is often an approach used for success.
Sessions are typically 50 minutes, but may be shorter or longer depending upon the treatment approach. The first session is called an assessment and is usually 60 mins.
Therapists can consult with other therapists - this is called peer supervision and helps assure high quality care. If there is a need to consult about a case, the therapist and any member of the team is required to keep the information private. Before any communication occurs, the client or guardian must agree and understand. Otherwise, the law protects confidentiality during the therapy and no information is disclosed without the request and prior written permission from the client.
Exceptions to this rule that are required by law:
*Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse; the therapist is required to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
* If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, the therapist is required to notify the police.
* If a client intends to harm him or herself, the therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate with this process, additional measures might need to be taken.
Sometimes, the chemistry between the therapist and client or the therapeutic modality is not a good fit. Just as you sometimes have to switch medication, you may need to switch therapists or treatment modalities to achieve success. There are many styles, personalities, and approaches. It is important to commit to attending the therapy sessions consistently, and speaking to the therapist about any thoughts, concerns, or successes.
All clients will be scheduled for an appointment as soon as possible. If a client is unable to keep their appointment they must cancel their appointment 24 hours in advance or they will be charged for the appointment.
*The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only, not for diagnosis and treatment and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a qualified mental health professional that is familiar with your situation. There is also no guarantee being made as a result of information provided or the counseling services offered.