1. Is Therapy the right choice for me?

-In therapy, we see everyday people with everyday problems. There are various reasons why someone may choose to come to therapy. Therapy can be very helpful for many different issues or difficulties you may be experiencing. Therapy can be beneficial for those who would like to make positive changes in their life, or perhaps pursue their own personal growth or exploration. For those who are ready to do something different, or become unstuck, therapy can be a useful option for you. Other individuals choose to come to therapy due to a life transition, or just simply need assistance in making decisions about life’s events, or unexpected changes. Whether it is your personal life or work environment, therapy could be a good fit for you. Working with our Family Therapists can be very useful for you as you travel through life’s challenges. We provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment on your journey through life. We will work with you to develop tools to overcome everything from a bump in the road to the most challenging situations.

2. I feel I can handle my own problems. Do I really need therapy?

-All of us have difficult situations that we go through in life. We all face challenges that we can often handle ourselves. However, it always helps to discuss and evaluate these challenges with your therapist. Life’s challenges are much easier to navigate when you have the support and resources you receive in therapy. By coming to therapy, you are choosing to do something different in your life, for you. Therapy is a personal choice and through therapy, you are able to overcome your most difficult challenges and work through the tough times so you can lead the satisfying life you’ve always imagined. You have more strengths and resources than you are aware of and our therapists can help you discover your greatest potential.

3. How can therapy be helpful for me?

-There are numerous benefits to coming to Florida Family Counseling Center. We can assist you in discovering or enhancing your problem-solving skills, coping skills, communication skills, and general life skills. Through therapy, you may learn a better understanding of yourself such as your goals and values, which can boost confidence. We work together with you to manage your personal growth, family discord, interpersonal relationships, marriage issues, or simply the struggles of everyday life. We also have experience with separation, parenting support, substance abuse, domestic violence, grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, managing mental illness diagnosis, school issues for children/teens, developing assertiveness, self-esteem issues, and more.

4. What can I expect in therapy? What will it be like?

-When you make your first appointment, you’ll be asked what is bringing you into therapy to get an idea of what you would like to focus on. During your first session, we will meet for approximately an hour. You will fill out some forms when you come in for your appointment, mostly general information. During the first session, we will discuss your concerns and reasons for seeking therapy. We will get to know each other so we can gather important information about you. We will also try to define an attainable goal(s) and plan of action for therapy. After the first session, following sessions are typically scheduled once a week per week for about an hour. Therapy is very customizable depending on each individual. The times and dates of sessions can be scheduled to meet your needs.

Clients often feel hopeful after the first few sessions in therapy. Change is a process and processes that have long-term benefits take time. Therapy may be a valuable tool in achieving a sense of satisfaction and balance within your life. Therapy is most effective when clients are able to be a part of the process, and apply the work they do in therapy into their daily lives. Florida Family Counseling Center can teach you how to do just that.

5. Is therapy confidential?

-Absolutely, 100%. There are confidentiality laws in place that protects the client-therapist relationship and ensures that everything discussed is confidential. We conduct our practice at the highest ethical standards and we take your safety and confidentiality very seriously. There are only a few exceptions to the law that must be reported and those are harm to self or others, and suspected child or elderly abuse.