What does Atlas Counseling mean?

An atlas is a navigational tool without turn-by-turn directions. Because your route is open to interpretation, you are allowed to take a few detours. In our opinion, counseling is designed to allow the same freedom. When you work together with your therapist in counseling, you have the flexibility to find your way without pressure to follow anyone else’s preset plan.

What is counseling?

Counseling is a professional relationship between you and a licensed counselor. Your counselor can help you discover more about yourself, develop healthy ways of managing stress, and overcome personal challenges or barriers in your life.

Why should I go to counseling?

Counseling is a safe place to navigate the experiences that are too difficult to face alone. Because counselors are professionally trained in mental health and wellness, you will receive experienced feedback and support. Your counselor will not judge you; instead, they will develop a plan to help you reach your goals.

How do I choose a counselor?

In most cases, word of mouth is the best way to find a counselor, but you can also check your health insurance to see who is covered on your specific insurance plan. Do your research on your top choices: read their websites, e-mail them, and set up initial phone calls. Before you begin counseling, we offer a complimentary 10-minute phone call so that you can learn more about your counselor and how they might be able to support you.

How long will I be in counseling?

The amount of time you spend in counseling is often up to you. You may want to see a counselor for just a few months to address specific concerns or you may want to develop a long term professional relationship with a counselor. Because both of these approaches are valid, we will work with you to set realistic and achievable goals.

How long are counseling sessions?

Our standard session length is 50-53 minutes, but you may request longer or shorter session times if available.

What is confidentiality?

Confidentiality is another way of saying privacy. As licensed mental health providers, we am required by law to keep private the information you share with us. There are only a few exceptions that require us to share what you have told us, and those exceptions are related to keeping you and others safe. To find out more about confidentiality exceptions, feel free to review our counseling agreement and notice of privacy practices on the Forms page.

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