NRC is self-pay and offers a sliding scale fee in place of directly accepting insurance. As a courtesy, NRC is willing to provide you a receipt so you can submit it to your insurance company and be reimbursed. If you are relying on insurance to pay for counseling, we recommend you call your insurance company to learn how much your benefits will pay towards NRC's services. Benefits of Self-Pay Clients who pay directly for their counseling needs gain the following benefits: You gain … [Read more...]
Archives for March 2016
What will happen after the first session?
Completing the initial diagnostic assessment can take one to three sessions depending on how many people are involved and the complexity of the situation presented. After the assessment is completed your counselor should have a clear picture of where you are at and what you want to achieve. In some cases you may want to develop a formal treatment plan that describes how you are going to get where you want to be. Most of the time this is handled from session to session as you give feedback to … [Read more...]
What can I expect on my first session?
Before your first session, expect to arrive about 30 minutes early to complete initial paperwork. The self-report questions provide your counselor with a context for the reason(s) that are bringing you to counseling. One of the primary goals of the first session is to orient you to the counseling process. You can take as much time as needed to make sure you understand the counseling process. Starting with your first session, your counselor will go through with you a fairly structured interview. … [Read more...]
How does counseling work?
Ideally, as a client you will bring issues, thoughts, desires, and emotions out to the open over time. Exactly how this happens varies because everyone is unique and appreciates a different path to greater wholeness. When you are stuck or do not know what to do next, the counselor is there to provide encouragement, insight, feedback, and direction. Sometimes the simple process of sharing is therapeutic for clients. Other clients appreciate more direct feedback and suggestions. Still other … [Read more...]
What are the benefits of professional counseling over other kinds of help?
Counseling is designed to focus exclusively on the client’s concerns and needs. This allows the client to enter into an objective, supportive relationship that is ideally free of the emotional biases typically present in the client’s familiar relationships (with family and friends). For example, a client’s parents might not support the client setting healthy limits because it might mean they will not get to see their grandchildren as often. But, a counselor can give the client appropriate and … [Read more...]
How do I know if I need professional counseling?
Deciding whether to seek professional care is usually a personal decision. What is considered an inconvenience by one person could be a crisis to another. Different people tolerate levels of pain differently. But, there are times when professional counseling should always be considered. These involve life-threatening situations such as severe depression and suicide. At times other than personal crises, whether or not to seek counseling is entirely a personal decision. Counseling involves both … [Read more...]
Are you associated with a particular church or denomination?
New Reflections Counseling (NRC) is not affiliated with any particular church or denomination, but uses the Bible as the foundation for its beliefs. Any client from a church or denomination sharing our basic beliefs will be comfortable with our services. NRC respects clients’ established beliefs and offers services to everyone, regardless of what they believe. Differences on minor beliefs (baptism, communion) are accepted and do not interfere with progress. Differences on major beliefs … [Read more...]
What would you say to someone who is reluctant to schedule an appointment?
How can someone overcome the fear of the unknown? Doing something for the first time takes courage and determination. There are potentially an infinite number of distractions. Does counseling really work? How will I be able to afford this? How will I find the time? Who will watch my children? What is it going to be like? What is going to happen to me when I start talking about “it”? But guess what? Counseling is God’s idea. God is our Counselor. Counseling does work! Counseling is worth the … [Read more...]
What beliefs and values determine your counseling interventions?
New Reflections Counseling (NRC) is dedicated to providing professional counseling based on a conservative/evangelical Christian worldview. All counseling interventions are in harmony with what the Bible teaches. NRC believes in absolute standards that by nature remain unchanged and yet valid over time. NRC has five beliefs related to counseling: God made us as growing beings; God designed us for change rather than staying the same. God made each of us unique in our gifting and ability; … [Read more...]
What Kind of Health Professional Do I Need?
To make the best selection, aside from whether or not you want to see someone who can prescribe medicine, you are best to select someone who you can relate to and has the most experience in the area of your concern, for the fee you can afford. The following descriptions should help you narrow your choices. Doctors and Psychiatrists are similar Doctor – as a generalist, a doctor focuses more on your physical health, but might prescribe some mental health medicines to treat mild to moderate … [Read more...]