Frequently Asked Questions
What is therapy?
People seek therapy for many reasons. Regardless of what first led you to seek help, a trained, professional counselor can help you sort out the problems or issues that are weighing you down and negatively affecting your life and well-being.
How do I get started?
To make an appointment for an initial consultation, call (770) 246-2588. Appointments may be scheduled within days of your phone call, and even more quickly in the case of emergencies. Are you unsure if therapy is for you? After your initial consultation, there is no obligation to
continue if you are uncomfortable.
What will happen at my first appointment?
You will talk with your therapist about the issues that motivated you to seek therapy and you will be able to ask any questions you might have. Working with you, your therapist will suggest a personalized treatment approach and help you to identify your treatment goals.
Why should I reveal my problems to a stranger?
Sometimes it is easier to discuss your problems with someone who is not a friend or a family member—someone who will not be influenced by biases and preconceptions they may have about you. A professional counselor will listen to you and work to understand you in an objective, nonjudgmental
Still, won’t it be hard to talk about what’s bothering me to a complete stranger?
Your counselor expects that you may feel anxious or uncomfortable at first, which is a normal way to feel. Your counselor will put you at ease by creating an accepting environment. As you begin to trust your counselor, you will feel more relaxed and open to talking about your problems
What if talking about my problems makes me angry or leads me to cry?
It is acceptable, and in fact helpful, to be able to express intense emotions during therapy. When you let these feelings emerge, you begin the process of healing and you also learn a lot about yourself. Your counselor provides a safe environment where you are free to express any
strong feelings you may have.
Are my therapy sessions confidential?
Whatever you say during therapy is confidential, unless you give your counselor explicit permission to share information with others. However, your counselor is required by law to break confidentiality to protect you or someone else from harm. Your counselor will be able to answer
any questions you may have about confidentiality or its limits.
How long, and how frequent, are therapy sessions?
Sessions typically last for 50 minutes. You and your counselor will determine the frequency and duration of your time spent in therapy depending on your particular needs.
What will I get out of therapy?
While a counselor may not make your problems simply go away, the rewards that you reap from therapy are invaluable. You will experience trust and openness with someone else—perhaps for the first time in your life—and you will learn how to counsel yourself. If you have a real desire
to understand yourself and to seek positive change, therapy can help you achieve your goals.
What health insurance and managed-care programs do you participate in?
Sutherland Psychotherapy Associates participates in many health insurance programs, managed-care programs, and employee assistance programs. Please call the office at (770) 246-2588 for the most updated information on these plans.