Common Questions
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

I have never heard of in-home counseling; what is it?
In-home counseling is a great alternative to an office visit. In home therapy is when a therapist comes into your home to provide counseling in a manner normally rendered in an office-like setting.Some people prefer this type of service to eliminate the costs associated with transportation, child care, and your valuable time. Or, you may simply prefer the convenience, confidentiality and comfortable environment of your own home. I offer several different packages for In-Home Counseling.

Where will you be providing counseling in my home?
Usually, we will meet in a neutral space, like the living room, dining room or other common area.

What if I would prefer to meet in an office-like setting?

I have an office available in Boise, if you prefer an office visit. We will meet in the location that best meets your needs; the choice is yours.

Do I need to provide any special equipment in my home for you?
No, that is not necessary; I will bring anything I plan to use with me for the session.

How do I know if I need therapy?
Anxiety is a natural response to danger, an automatic self-dialogue that goes off when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a stress-inducing situation.If your anxiety has impacted your life in a negative way, it may be time to talk to a therapist. I specialize in treating anxiety. In therapy, you can learn tools, how to:

  • Develop skills to improve relationships
  • Discover new ways to resolve conflict
  • Find hope
  • Improve communication skills
  • Empower you like never before
  • Restore balance
  • Consider new ways to approach repeating patterns
  • Modify behaviors to create alternative outcomes
  • Manage the grief process and other emotional pressures, like anxiety and depression
  • Obtain motivation to live the life you intend
  • Manage major life transitions
  • Gain encouragement and skills to get through a difficult time
  • Cope with the challenges

What about medication vs. psychotherapy? 
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. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our 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.  Anxiety medications can be habit forming and cause unwanted side effects, so be sure to research your options. It’s important to weigh the benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision about whether anxiety medication is the right treatment for you.

Is therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist 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 therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (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 therapists 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 the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has treated to harm another person.

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist 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 psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.