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Finding a counselor!
Choosing a counselor is one of the most important and personal decisions you make. Your counselor is your partner in emotional and mental health. Your counselor is there to guide you through many decisions about confronting life’s challenges. How do you find the best counselor who is right for you.
Before you can choose the right counselor, it’s best to look at your options. Your insurance coverage may determine how many options you have, but if it is flexible, you could ask for recommendations from family, friends, or your doctor. However, not everyone has the same needs and not all personalities mesh. Just because a counselor was helpful to a friend does not mean they will be the right fit for you, and that’s okay.
Frequently Asked Questions
RESEARCH THE COUNSELORS CREDENTIALS
Licensure is one of the most important factors to consider when you are choosing a counselor. It tells you that he or she has the necessary training, skills and experience to provide counseling services.
CONSIDER THE COUNSELORS EXPERIENCE
Experience matters when you’re coping with life’s challenges. The more experience a counselor has with a condition or program, the better your results are likely to be. Determine if the counselor has completed training in areas that relate to your situation. Ask how many patients with your specific condition or problem the counselor has treated. If you know you may need a specific form of therapy or program, ask the counselor how many patients he or she has counseled using the approach and how well they did. When choosing a counselor you will want to look for someone that will accommodate your specific need.
It’s important to feel comfortable with your counselor’s gender because you will need to openly discuss personal information. When it comes to counseling, your own gender is also an important consideration. Men and women can have different counseling needs, which are often related to cultural, societal, or caregiving roles. Ask the counselor about his or her recent training and experience specifically related to your condition and your gender.
EVALUATE COMMUNICATION STYLE
Choose a counselor with whom you are comfortable talking and who supports your information needs. When you first meet the counselor, ask a question and notice how he or she responds. Does he or she welcome your questions and answer them in ways that you can understand? Afterwards, did you feel that your counselor understood your situation? Find a counselor who shows an interest in getting to know you, who will consider your treatment preferences, and who will respect your decision-making process.
READ CLIENT REVIEWS
Reading what other people have to say about a counselor can provide insight into how he or she counsels, as well as how his or her practice is operated. Patient reviews typically reflect people’s experience with scheduling appointments, wait times, office environment, and office staff friendliness. You can learn about how well patients trust the counselor, how much time he or she spends with their patients, and how well he or she answers questions.
KNOW WHAT YOUR INSURANCE COVERS
Your insurance coverage is a practical matter. To receive the most insurance benefits and pay the least out-of-pocket for your care, you may need to choose a counselor who participates in your plan. You should still consider credentials, experience, outcomes, and hospital quality as you select a counselor from your plan.
Counseling is a journey that starts with accepting where you are and finding a way to the other side of the challenge. Using a strength-based approach we start with the resources you do have on board. Then through a variety of tools, we discover what is getting in the way of finding the peace and hope you are looking for. As a therapist, I am aware that we are complex people that often need a safe place to sort things out and make meaning of life. . I am able to accept most forms of insurance including Mainecare.
Our world has changed. This affects everyone in the Community, like our children, our parents and others close to us. You might have noticed that your child has more anxiety, fear, or unexpected behavior issues. Many families who’ve noticed changes in themselves or within their family, find their way to my office. Strategically, I have found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavioral Modification, and a few parenting tips are beneficial for healthy change.
We all have struggles and sometimes, we can cope just fine and deal with whatever it is. However, then there are those rare times when we just need a little help finding a solution. We all have the potential to fix what is wrong in our lives; however, when there are various barriers in the way…
Welcome and Congratulations on your journey to creating a better life for yourself! Are you an open-minded person who is committed to getting support and changing the way that you deal with life’s stressors? Using creative methods and mindful thinking we can find transformative healing modalities, catered specifically to you, to help increase your awareness and face issues head-on.
Welcome! It is likely you’re looking for something important such as relief or insight. Or perhaps you would simply like to live a day that feels more beautiful than painful. You might be wondering if therapy can help. Whatever it is that has brought you here, I am confident, we can work together so you can live a healthier life. Whether it is stress, anxiety or depression related, we will work together to find the best solution for YOU.
Dealing with life in the time of COVID-19 has been difficult for many people. The loss of a job or loved one is devastating. Not all people have the skills to cope with the stress, anxiety and depression . We just keep moving forward and ignore the signs of stress, anxiety and depression like others and try to deal with it but find, nothing is getting better. It can be helpful to talk to someone and get their perspective on things. It can also be helpful just to have someone there to “Listen”.
During these trying times many of us are struggling to create a “new norm” and some structure in this world of chaos. This change in our lives is like no other time before and has increased daily stress, anxiety, depression and conflict for many. Finding balance to navigate and thrive during these challenging times is hard but not impossible. We can work together to discover how you can live your life to the fullest in spite of COVID-19.
Counseling is an individualized journey that fosters change and self-care. Within a confidential, respectful, caring environment, we will look at your own unique needs, the resources you have and together develop an action plan that will support your goals and keep you moving forward. Using a strength based approach, I will assist you with developing the knowledge and skills needed to cope with everyday stressors; financial issues and concerns; family issues and concerns and any unmet mental health needs as well as substance use issues and concerns.
Welcome to my Profile. A lot has changed since COVID-19 began. It has made life very difficult for many, in different ways, such as emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially. Some of us have very complex lives and some don’t. Sometimes we control our lives very well and other times, our lives are completely out of control. For some people, talking to family, friends, peers or coworkers just isn’t enough. Sometimes, you just need a bit more with someone who can relate and understand where you are coming from.
Having feelings of loneliness, isolation and engaging in self medicating behaviors,, are all too common for many people. You may find that what worked in the past, no longer works for you now. Or, you may be that person, who is concerned about a loved one’s addiction. You may have a hard time saying “No” to this person and may find yourself reacting to things differently or your stress levels are all over the place. Here you will find a safe place for you to talk freely and be honest about how you feel. While we can’t change the past, we can work together and find solutions to resolve the challenges in your life today.
Steven W. Conway LADC
Congratulations on taking this difficult step. Changing habits is hard. Many have done it successfully and if you are ready, so can you. Are you having difficulty managing your life? Are you having relationship issues, either at home, with family, work or friends? Do you have legal problems and need to attend counseling to get your license back? You’ve come to the right place. Lets talk, discuss your concerns and find a solution that works for you.
Linda Welch LADC, CCS, BHP, PLC
Addiction can lead us down a path we thought we would never walk. Sometimes we get lost and need gentle guidance to find our way back to live the life we were meant to live. Like the caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly You too can “ Emerge a New You!.” Addiction can take many forms besides drugs & alcohol, cigarettes & gambling. Sometimes what seems to be an addiction is a habit that needs to be broken. Together we can determine the difference & explore solutions. Additional examples: eating disorders, work, shopping, shoplifting, self mutilation, risky behaviors, video games, relationships, etc. You are NOT alone.
Mental Health Services
Mental health services focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more.
Our Mental health professionals are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual, family and group settings.
Substance Use Services
Our Substance Use services focus on helping individuals recover from alcohol and/or drug use, abuse or dependency (both illegal and prescription drugs). Our Counselors offer both individual and group therapy.
In individual therapy, is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health and/or Substance Use clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment and focus on the individuals immediate or near future issues, concerns and needs.
Family, Couples and Group Counseling
Is a form of treatment that is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a two or more people. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period, a major transition, or mental or behavioral health problems within your family.recognize and resolve conflicts and improve relationships.
Other Services Include:
DEEP: We provide Evaluations, Recommendations, Individual Therapy and Aftercare.
Deferred Dispositions and Probation: We provide Evaluations, Recommendations, Individual Therapy and Aftercare.