About Us Questions

  1. How long will counseling take?
  2. Will my insurance plan cover your services?
  3. I’ve never been in therapy before. What happens in a therapy session?
  4. What’s the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker and licensed clinical professional counselor?
  5. What is psychological testing and when should it be done?
  6. What is EMDR?
  7. How is neuropsychological testing different from traditional psychological testing?

How long will counseling take?

Treatment is a highly subjective experience, and as such the length of time in treatment is dependent upon the individual.  Duration of treatment is determined by a variety of factors including client motivation, complexity of problem, and availability of resources.   As a general rule, treatment can be successfully completed in anywhere from three months to many years.

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Will my insurance plan cover your services?

Counseling Connections is contracted with most insurance companies.  Specific benefits may vary from company to company.  Our administrative team will be happy to verify coverage for you.  Also, see the Insurance section of our website for more information.

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I’ve never been in therapy before. What happens in a therapy session?

In the initial session your therapist will take time to get to know you, your strengths as well as the reasons you are seeking therapy.  You and the therapist will develop a treatment plan together which can be modified as treatment progresses.  Different therapists have various approaches to treatment.  Some will be more directive in therapy in regards to giving you advice while others may work with you to develop answers on your own.  Make sure to let your therapist know what you need to best help you. 

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What’s the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker and licensed clinical professional counselor?

A psychiatrist is a licensed physician who completes a residency in psychiatry following medical school.  Most psychiatrists in this area treat clients through the use of medication, although some do psychotherapy as well.  A child psychiatrist has an additional 2 years of supervised training specifically focused on the psychiatric needs of children and adolescents.

A psychologist attends a specialized graduate training program after college which takes anywhere from four to seven years to complete following the undergraduate degree.  During this training the psychologist is supervised and participates in classes to understand psychological issues and how to diagnose and treat them.  As a part of their training they must also complete an internship and obtain post-doctoral supervised training before becoming licensed.  Psychologists provide individual, marital, group and family therapy to people with a variety of emotional/behavioral issues.

A social worker completes a Master’s degree is social work and must pass a licensing exam before being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Following the completion of their master’s degree, they also must obtain two years of experience and supervision before being able to be licensed.  Social Workers provide individual, family, group and marital therapy and are trained in how to treat a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties 

A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) has a master’s degree in counseling or a related field.  In addition they receive supervision in their clinical work before being able to be licensed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  LCPC’s provide individual, marital, group, and family therapy to people with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties.

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What is psychological testing and when should it be done?

Psychological testing refers to various tests, many of which are standardized that are used to help a psychologist or other mental health professional gain a greater understanding of the issues for a child or adult.  Psychological testing can be used to help determine a diagnosis such as ADHD, Depression, or other mental health issues.  Psychological testing is not always needed.  It is most often used when a diagnosis is unclear.  For example, it can be used to help understand if a person has ADHD, a learning disability, or a combination of both.  It can also be used to help understand how people cope with problems and can help determine what type of treatment may be most effective. 

Psychological testing is also often done for specific purposes, such as for learning disability evaluations, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, and Domestic Violence Evaluations.  People conducting these evaluations have training in using psychological tests for this purpose. 

For more information regarding psychological testing, please feel free to contact our office

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What is EMDR?

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a psychotherapy approach which assists in relieving the distress of traumatic events as well as assist in helping someone fulfill their potential. EMDR uses specific, focused strategies which stimulate access to dysfunctional stored information, forging new associations within and between memory networks.  

EMDR is founded on the premise that each person has both an innate tendency and capacity to move toward positive mental health.  This is an approach that is used within the context of the current treatment plan. 

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How is neuropsychological testing different from traditional psychological testing?

Neuropsychological evaluations are designed to be conducted for neurodevelopmental/neurobehavioral disorders.  These evaluations provide a broad range of assessment and understanding of the individual’s intellectual and cognitive abilities, executive functioning, attention domains, memory systems and visuospatial/visual-motor skills.  Additional testing to determine academic skills, learning disabilities and emotional functioning are included as needed.  The main difference between this and traditional psychological testing is that there is less of a focus on emotional testing and more of a focus on the neurobehavior/neurodevelopmental aspect of functioning.

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