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What Counseling Is Like

As you consider coming to counseling, I want you to know a little about what to expect.  I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an elder in the United Methodist Church.  As a therapist, I am grounded in Bowen Theory.  You can learn more about this way of thinking at www.thebowencenter.org.  As a pastoral counselor, I value the religious and spiritual dimensions of life regardless of your faith tradition.   In counseling, I seek to provide a safe, confidential place to improve the parts of your life that are troubling, confusing or painful.

Confidentiality All information shared in counseling and all records are kept strictly confidential within the bounds of professional and legal requirements. A full explanation of this is included at the first meeting.

Costs The standard fee is $120 per 50 minute session.  I am glad to discuss a sliding fee scale with you if needed.    Counseling fees are explained at the first session.

Insurance Many insurance plans cover counseling sessions. Each person is responsible to inquire with his or her own insurance company about coverage.

How long does counseling take? Many of the issues people bring to counseling can be resolved in six to eight sessions. Some issues take longer and some less. Much of it depends on the person’s motivation and the intensity of the situation.

What can I expect in Counseling? Each counseling session is scheduled for 50 minutes. Your appointment is made to be convenient for you. After 1 to 3 visits for evaluation, goals are made and a plan to work towards those goals begins. You are in control of the pace and length of counseling.

Who seeks counseling? Anxiety affects and infects us all. Whether it is home related, work related, or interpersonal, we all have days and nights when we are not being true to ourselves. We all have times when stress is more than our ability to manage. Counseling can be helpful for anyone motivated to make changes so they can live fuller, healthier, and happier lives.

Examples of concerns that motivate people to seek counseling Family tensions Marriage problems Re-marriage issues Parenting concerns Depression Anxiety and fear Religious confusions Spiritual apathy Life transitions – school, leaving home, moving, marriage, births, deaths, retirement Eating disorders Addictions Suicide Life goals Loneliness Career confusion Grief and loss


 To make an appointment please call me at 205.266.8287 or email me at stewartajackson@me.com