Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I pursue counseling for myself?
Counseling might be thought of as a "good conversation". While that is certainly an over-simplification of the process, it does get to the heart of the matter. In the dialogue with a professional who is completely given to pursue, explore, and understand what is going on in your life, you can finally talk through those issues you've struggled with sharing or even acknowledging.
Why should we pursue counseling for our marriage?
Marriage is one of the most beautiful experiences of life for many, but also one of the most challenging. We all would do well to schedule regular "check ups" on our marriage relationships, much like we do our physical health. If your communication is breaking down, you're fighting frequently and not able to work through the arguments or repair after the fight, or you're starting to withdraw from each other, it's probably a safe bet you should talk to a marriage counselor who can help you put it all back together again.
What if my spouse will not attend marriage counseling with me?
Some spouses will feel he or she is just going to be criticized and blamed as responsible for the problems. Others fear being embarrassed by talking with a stranger about personal problems. Still others may just not understand the process and how it can be helpful. Approach your spouse with a humble heart and a posture of desire, not demand. If he/she still refuses to attend, then it can still be a good idea for you to schedule at least an initial session to talk through your concerns and the counselor may be able to help you design a plan to increase your partner's motivation to pursue help or just give you some tools that may correct the problems.
What can I expect in my first counseling session?
You will meet with a counselor who will first introduce himself/herself and share with you their education and training, as well as discuss how treatment works. You are encouraged to come with your questions and concerns, but also come ready to assess whether this is someone with whom you could share openly. The sessions are all confidential (with the exceptions of endangerment to self and others, and the abuse or suspected abuse of a child, which must be reported by law).
Will my health insurance cover any of the cost of counseling?
Counseling may be covered under your health insurance benefits, but this is not always the case. We encourage you to first call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask about mental health or behavioral health benefits. FCA does offer a free, electronic filing of all claims to your insurance carrier on your behalf. Although most of our providers are out-of-network, licensed providers, we do have some in-network therapists as well.
Which counselor should I see?
We encourage you to look through our staff bio's and read about the specialization areas for each counselor. If you were referred to see a particular therapist, please identify that individual when you complete your "Getting Started" form or your "New Patient Registration" form.
What if I need Medication?
FCA has both a psychiatrist who treats adults and a nurse practitioner who treats children and adolescents. You will first have a session with the prescriber to determine whether your situation would warrant medication as part of your treatment. The professional will talk through with you all of the benefits and any side effects, as well as answer your questions about possible medication to help in your care.