Frequently Asked Questions and Terms

What kinds of things do people seek help for?

People seek counseling for a variety of reasons including feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, worried, sad, or angry. People also seek out counseling to help change behaviors that are troubling them including addictive or disordered behaviors or behaviors that affect their relationships at home or at work. Some people seek counseling because they have a life goal that has been eluding them and they are ready to explore their barriers. Other people seek out counseling because they know they are going through a difficult time or facing a difficult decision and they desire a place to sort through their feelings and move forward in their life with intention and clear thinking.


How does counseling help?

When a counseling relationship is working well, clients experience new insights into their situations, clearer thinking, increased energy, a better understanding of their feelings and needs, release of troubling emotions that have held them back or been confusing, and a greater sense of wholeness and peace within themselves. Therapy is a process, and a working partnership develops between client and therapist. Therapy is not always comfortable or straightforward as difficult emotions and ways of often having to be sorted through in order for new energy and change to appear. Clients should feel comfortable with their therapist and be able to ask about whatever is on their mind regarding the process. In spite of the uncomfortable emotions experienced, clients I have worked with feel that the temporary pain of the working through the process is well worth leaving behind the continual pain of living the way they had previously.


Do you work with couples and families?

Yes, our practice includes work with individuals, couples, groups, and families.


Will anyone know what I say in counseling?

Counseling is Confidential. In accordance with state and federal law as well as professional and ethical guidelines for mental health providers, we maintain confidential records of all contacts with clients. This means that no identifying information – written or otherwise – about your contact with HarmonyUs will be disclosed to anyone outside of HarmonyUs without your written authorization. This exclusion includes family, friends, work and any other individuals or entities; no one gets to know what you talk about (or even that you are coming here) unless you want them to know. There are some legal exceptions to this confidentiality; they rarely apply but we want you to know about them. If you are under the age of 18, please call for information about our confidentiality policy.

Counselors may need to disclose certain information in 3 specific situations:

1) when you state intent to harm yourself or someone else

2) when you report current abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or child

3) as a result of a court order when mental illness is used as a defense in a criminal or civil action.


Does my insurance cover the cost of counseling?

HarmonyUs does submit billing to insurance companies. Many of the services provided at HarmonyUs may not be eligible for insurance coverage. We cannot guarantee that your insurance company will reimburse you for these services. If you have questions, please discuss them with your insurance representative. All charges incurred are your responsibility regardless of whether the services are or are not covered by your insurance company.


Terms

Counseling

At HarmonyUs, Inc. we do not subscribe to the traditional forms of counseling interventions. Our process is egalitarian, team oriented and customized to each individual’s needs. We use everything from talk, to art therapy, to empowerment field trips, to hypnosis, to transference resolution therapy. Our entire professional staff meets weekly to discuss cases, thus ensuring that there is a panel of experts in various fields to help better serve you in your growing process.


Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. Simply, Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or another mental health provider. During psychotherapy, one hopes to learn about their condition and moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, how to take control of one’s life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers, and potential resolutions. Accurate assessment of these and other variables depends on the practitioner’s capability and can change or evolve as the practitioner acquires experience, knowledge, and insight.

Psychotherapy includes interactive processes between a person or group and a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed counselor, or another trained practitioner). Its purpose is the exploration of thoughts, feelings, and behavior for the purpose of problem-solving or achieving higher levels of functioning. Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).

Psychotherapy may also be performed by practitioners with different qualifications, including psychiatry, psychology, social work (clinical or psychiatric), counseling psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, hypnotherapy, play therapy, music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing, psychoanalysis and those from other psychotherapies.


Holistic Psychiatry

Holistic Psychiatry is the treatment of Mental Health disorders using alternative medicine and holistic therapeutic applications such as Acupuncture, Herbs, Massage, and Homeopathy.