What is "Therapy" and What Can You Expect When You Make an 

Appointment?


Sometimes called "counseling," therapy is a process that helps people find ways to deal more effectively with feelings, behaviors, relationships, and life issues. Talking about these things is a personal experience that's different for each person and therapist, and the process increases a person's awareness about the source of their problems.

Treatment approaches vary among clinicians and it is important that you find a therapist who has expertise in the issues for which you are seeking treatment. It is also very important to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and connect well.

At All Things New Counseling (ATN), you will experience a personal touch, as Kristin does not treat you like a "sick patient." Kristin believes in a partner approach, supporting YOU as the expert of your own life. Kristin comes alongside you to help you find direction, gain insights, sort out feelings, clarify thinking, and make changes or adjustments in your life.

Kristin recognizes that it can be difficult to reach out for counseling help, especially if it is your first time to consider counseling services. In keeping with her "personal touch," Kristin prefers to talk to you when you call, rather than sending you through a receptionist for scheduling. However, if Kristin is in a session or if it's after her business hours, you may receive her direct voicemail. Please leave a message. She will personally return your call at her soonest opportunity. Kristin will be happy to assist you with any questions you have about counseling, including any insurance questions you may have, and when you are ready, she will help you schedule an appointment.

When you show up for your first appointment, Kristin may be finishing a session scheduled before yours.  Please make yourself comfortable in the waiting area, and Kristin will greet you when she is ready for your appointment.

In the counseling room, Kristin will not be looking at you from behind a desk. It will feel a lot like chatting with a trusted friend in your living room. Kristin will verbally explain more about the counseling process, ask you for some description of what brings you to counseling, and gather history and background information as well as discussing your goals for counseling services. This is called the assessment process, and usually takes a couple visits to complete. During this time, Kristin will mainly be listening and asking specific questions to ensure good understanding of the context and dynamics of the concerns you bring in.

When the assessment is finished, Kristin will offer treatment recommendations, including a recommended frequency of any follow up sessions, and she will discuss with you how long the this process may require in order to reach your goals. Of course, this is highly individual, and dependent on some important variables that include your own commitment to counseling and application of the interventions discussed. During this phase of the counseling process Kristin will also offer feedback and work with you to identify different ways to think about and address the concerns you have. She may send you home with "assignments" to work on or think about before you return for your next appointment. Kristin will review progress with you throughout the process. Eventually, the frequency of sessions will be reduced (for example, weekly visits become every other week and then perhaps every three to four weeks). The intent to is monitor and support the changes you've worked on, giving you increased time to establish these changes into your life in between "check-ins" until you reach the point that you feel you no longer need follow-up.

ATN offers a variety of services for a variety of needs including individual counseling pre-marital and couple's counseling, and family counseling.

 Examples of Issues ATN Can Help You With
 

Relationship Problems

Adjustment Disorders

Mood Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Grief and Loss

Anger Management

Personal Growth/Enrichment

Pre-Marital Counseling

Couple's Counseling

Family Dynamics

Parenting Skills

Trauma

Self-Esteem Issues