FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can Optimum Counselor (Mind, Body, Spirit) help me?
A few people may have their daily fitness regimen down, a few others have their daily nutrition habits secured and still others may have the emotional and mental capacity relevant to their age. However, very few people have been able to pull all 3 together to reach Optimum Health!
Even if this is the case, it is difficult to maintain Optimal balance in all 3 areas for a lifetime. This is where Optimum Counselor can help! You gain many benefits by participating in whole person counseling. We provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as weight management, nutrition, depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and stress management. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to optimizing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the struggles with daily life.
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to counseling and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for getting counseling. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, weight & nutrition issues, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get you through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about Optimizing themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking counseling are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is Mind, Body, Spirit counseling like?
Most people are at least somewhat familiar to traditional counseling, but with Optimum Counselor you will be treated in mind, body and spirit and you can be certain we will integrate not just your mental and emotional health of your mind, but also your physical needs regarding activity, nutrition, and sleep along with how your spiritual needs are satisfied such as your passion or purpose in life. Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your counselor (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from counseling if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of counseling is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in our sessions, your counselor may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking counseling are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. counseling?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. There is a place for medication in certain situations, but we believe most issues can be resolved without medication and can be addressed from a whole person perspective that is natural for you. Instead of just treating the symptom, counseling addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
Optimum Counseling does not take insurance and is on a strictly cash, credit card only basis. However, we do have an option for “BILL ME LATER”. Please see more information on that option in this FAQ.
Do you offer counseling to people involved in the court system?
Yes, we will gladly counsel clients involved in court issues as this circumstance can be difficult to manage on one’s own. However, Optimum Counselor will not take part in deciding or going to court over such cases as parents attempting to use a counselor to decide custody of children, divorce proceedings as to which spouse is more mentally competent, fit to stand trial, deciding insanity or psychological evaluations for lawyers or the court system, child protective services recommendations, etc. Such matters are outside of our scope of practice, and jurisdictions have many varied laws from city to county to state and federal laws. Trained Legal psychologists and psychiatrists would be recommended in these circumstances and similar situations and referrals would be necessary.
Does what we talk about in counseling remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and counselor. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the counselor’s office. Every counselor should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your counselor to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (you’re your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require counselors to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If counselor has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
How does your “Bill Me Later” option work for payment?
- Go to this website (www.billmelater.com)
- Click on the BILL ME LATER menu tab, then on the APPLY NOW button, then on CLICK HERE TO APPLY
- If you don’t already have a PayPal account, you’ll need to register (it takes just a minute); if you do have an account, log-in.
- Fill in the information along with the last 4 digits of your SS# and your birth date (it takes a few seconds) and click on the submission button at the bottom (it only takes seconds to get approved for the Bill Me Later program). NOTE: You MUST check the box that says to make Bill Me Later your preferred way to pay which provides the option to use Bill Me Later in the invoice that Optimum Counselor will send to you.
- When you receive the invoice from Optimum Counselor, click the PAY NOW and then choose the BILL ME LATER radio button as your payment option.
Read the Terms and Conditions provided in on the Bill Me Later site. Basically, you tell Optimum Counselor how many sessions you would like in advance. We prepare an invoice to cover those and send that invoice to you (it doesn’t work well to do this session by session). You use the Bill Me Later and Paypal pays Optimum Counselor for your sessions. You then have up to 6 months to pay the invoice in full — at whatever amount you want monthly — with NO COST to you. If the invoice is not paid in full to Paypal within 6 months, interest will be charged and the terms are included in their Terms and Conditions.