Womack Counseling

Resolve your problems and live a happier and emotionally healthier life with counseling.  I can help!

The Counseling Process

What to expect in Counseling?

I have spent my entire professional career working with troubled people.

If you want help or if you want to refer someone for professional services, please call 903-586-1428 or 903-535-7290 and request an appointment.

CONFIDENTIALLY IS A MUST AND CLOSELY GUARDED. NO INFORMATION IS RELEASED TO ANYONE WITHOUT THE PROPER WRITTEN RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM SIGNED BY THE CLIENT. DUE TO AGE, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS HAVE SOME EXCEPTIONS TO ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY. THIS IS EXPLAINED TO THE CHILD AND PARENT AT INTAKE.

Many people are not happy and have troubles, but do not know what to do? People know they are sad and have problems, but can't identify them. They are hurting emotionally and recognize their need for HELP. Hurting people do not have to HIT BOTTOM OR CRASH, they may actively seek professional services to assist them in changing their emotional state and behaviors. COUNSELORS ARE TO ASSESS, MOTIVATE, AND SUPPORT individuals, couples, and families. Counselors benefit from witnessing the client begin a "new life", actively seeking changes in behaviors, attitudes, friends, relationships, and learn to love SELF first.

REFERRAL MAY BE BY THE POTENTIAL CLIENT THEMSELVES OR BY SOMEONE CONCERNED FOR THEIR WELL BEING.

The initial phone call will generate an intake form which includes essential personal information, including insurance and/or method of payment for services. As a private practitioner, private pay, most insurance and employee assistance agreements are acceptable means of payment. The potential client is expected to pay on day of services, unless there is a prior arrangement with an employer and/or attorney. In most cases, the client will contact their insurance provider and inquire as to limitations and coverage.  It is the potential client’s responsibility to provide current insurance information and sometimes a pre-certification number to the Business Manager, Laurie Ferrell, at time of intake.

At the intake appointment (potential client’s first visit to the counseling office), client is asked to come 15 minutes early in order to complete orientation and intake packet which authorizes professional services to began.  The appointment time starts at the designated hour or half hour.  If paperwork is not completed by time of appointment expect a shorter session at intake.

The ASSESSMENT begins with the exchange of honest information between the client and the therapist. The words therapist and counselor are interchangeable. A professional with a master’s degree or higher degree of education with Board Certifications or licensures may apply either title. The assessment is essential in order to help understand who the client is, was, and wants to be. Various therapeutic techniques are utilized to assess the needs of the client. Evaluative tools, such as, written test and extensive clinical interviews are very important. The assessment process begins with intake and is ongoing throughout the entire counseling process.

The TREATMENT PLAN is developed between the client and therapist to identify and rank problems needing resolution and to assist and monitor short and long term treatment goals.

COUNSELING is the utilization of special skills to assist and motivate individuals, couples, and families in achieving short and long term emotional and behavioral objectives. The number of sessions or length of time in therapy is determined by the client’s progress or in some cases, lack of progress, which generally translates to client "dropping out" of counseling.

The average length of time is six months, with weekly sessions for the first three-four months, then twice a month sessions. Most effective therapy constitutes nine to twelve months of treatment and may include family members or some member of their support system.

CLIENT THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION is important in the client’s treatment process. The firm has many resources including videos, professional journals, and screening tools to assist the client. Often the client is given homework to be completed prior to the next session. Educational topics may include parenting issues, alcohol and drug abuse and other addictions, relationships, grief recovery, mental issues, depression, panic attacks, troubled teens, etc.

"Before a client can change, they need to understand and accept themselves. Often times, therapeutic education helps the client not feel alone and TURNS THE LIGHTS ON."

CONSULTATION WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS may be necessary to consult with medical and/or legal professionals at times, with a written release of confidentiality by the client. Consultation often is to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client. Physician and therapist utilize psychopharmacology to monitor the effectiveness of prescription medications and "talk" therapy.

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