Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to be married to go to a marriage and family therapist?
A: No. Individuals often seek help from a Relational Therapist to address behavioral problems, relationship issues, or mental and emotional disorders. Individuals may also focus on issues which may be preventing them from being in a relationship or work on issues from a marriage or a relationship that has ended. Couples need not be married to seek or benefit from marriage and family therapy. Individuals who want to improve themselves and their relationships can benefit.
Q: I've never been to counseling before. What should I expect the first session? What should I bring?
A: For the first session, please bring your insurance card and payment if you have a co-payment, that's it! The first session involves reviewing and filling out paperwork (about 10-15 minutes). The remainder of the session is dedicated to exploring what brings you to counseling. What symptoms are you experiencing? What goals do you have for counseling? What do we (therapist) need to know about you, your life and your future? Each therapist has a different style, we are collaborative and will work with you to grow and achieve your goals. One session is 55-60 minutes in length
Q: How confidential is counseling?
A: By law the therapist and client engage in a privileged relationship. The therapist may not disclose any details of a counseling session. However, confidentially may be breached in rare instances. Theses instances are (a.) client is at imminent risk of harming him/herself or another person; (b.) if child/elder abuse or neglect suspected; (c.) if the release of clinical records is court-ordered; (d.) client requests information to be released and signs a release of information document.
Each and every one of The Relationship Center's clients is treated as a respected individual deserving of the utmost care and compassion. Dr. Rogers and Dr. Miranda strive to make a difference in all clients' relationships. By working together with you, we will help you find your own solutions to deal with the concerns in your life.
Marriage and family therapy is a distinct mental health discipline that works with families, couples, and individuals by looking at all aspects of their lives. Marriage and family therapists address a wide variety of relationship issues and diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. The unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is present - it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded.
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