Evolution Therapeutic Alliance offers individual, couples and family counseling.
Common questions about Counseling.
Purpose of Counseling
Therapy provides an environment that is safe, confidential and supportive, allowing you to exploring various aspects of your life, enabling you to discover the motives behind the choices you are currently making. Discovering more about yourself and your inner strengths provides the opportunity to overcome difficulties or find new ways to handle yourself in tough situations.
Your therapist will offer a safe and confidential environment to share the events in your life that present disharmony. With in this space, a collaborative process driven by you, as the expert in your life, will allow you the opportunity to develop awareness of prohibitive thoughts and behaviors, allowing for the opportunity to learn new and more effective ways to create the life that matches you inner goals and objectives.
Research has shown that one of the best predictors of success in counseling is the relationship between the therapist and the client. The rapport you develop with your therapist allows you to feel safe and understood. As a client, your level of readiness to change is also an important component. No matter how much education or experience your therapist has, if you are not ready to change a particular part of your life, the therapist can’t do it for you.
My partner is unwilling to come to counseling…
It is possible to evoke relationship change even if your partner is not willing to come to therapy. The way to change any relationship is to start with oneself. If one person in the relationship changes, the other has no other choice but to change in response. Often, such change benefits relationships, however sometimes it does not.
Who seeks out relationship counseling?
Any relationship can benefit from relationship counseling, parents and their children, adolescents, heterosexual couples, lesbian and gay marriages and relationships, siblings, boyfriend and girlfriend, friendships, business partners and families can all benefit from relationship counseling.
Are there risks to counseling?
While therapy is designed to be helpful, it may at times be difficult. You may have more symptoms initially as you verbalize and become aware of uncomfortable feelings or experiences. Remembering or talking about unpleasant events, feelings, or thoughts can result in you experiencing considerable discomfort or strong feelings of anger, sadness, worry, fear, frustration, loneliness, helplessness, or other emotions. We may propose different ways of looking at, thinking about, or handling situations that can cause you to feel upset, angry, depressed, challenged, or disappointed. Attempting to resolve issues that brought you to therapy in the first place may result in changes that were not originally intended. Sometimes a decision that is positive for one family member is viewed quite negatively by another family member. There is no guarantee that therapy will yield positive or intended results.
How long does counseling take?
The length of treatment depends on the issue(s) presented and your motivation. Most of our clients meet with their therapist once a week for 3-4 months. After that, you may meet with your therapist less often for a couple more months before agreeing to terminate treatment. If you have a very specific issue that surfaced recently, we may develop a more structured and concrete plan with a limited number of sessions. If you have an on-going issue or problem affecting many areas of your life, you may benefit from longer-term therapy.
What can I expect at the first session?
The therapist will review the completed forms with you and will answer any questions you may have. Although you may have already given information to the therapist over the phone, we like to revisit your concerns in person. The therapist will spend the next portion of the session getting to know you. Toward the end of the session we will discuss if Evolution Therapeutic Alliance is a good fit and if so, how you would like to proceed. If it is determined that Evolution Therapeutic Alliance is not a good fit, we will provide you with referrals for other local therapists who may be a better fit.
Working with children
We welcome children and adolescence in our practice. We require that at least one custodial parent be present at the initial visit. In divorce situations copies of court ordered custody documents must be provided before treatment of a minor can begin.
It is the policy of your psychiatric provider and/or physician to monitor any medications you may be prescribed. If you are prescribed medication, it is important to take your medication according to your prescriber's instructions and report to them any unusual side effects you may experience. For routine prescription refills, please contact your prescribing provider.
How do your therapists work with people from diverse backgrounds?
We value diversity and believe that all people have the right to be free from discrimination. Our therapists provide sensitive, appropriate, and effective therapy that considers each person's culture, ethnic background, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, sexual identity, age, and socioeconomic status, as well as issues of disability, mental or physical illness.
**Evolution Therapeutic Alliance is a collective of Independent providers. Each Therapist collects fees for their services and each provider carries individual insurance. Policies may differ between providers. For more information regarding variations of each partitioner, please direct your concerns to your provider.