The experience of counseling is different for everyone because individuals come to counseling with varied ability, different experiences and perspectives, and a different perception of counseling. Counseling is a self-reflective process that will require participation of the client for it to be effective. It will likely result in positive experiences but some negative feelings may emerge through the process of growth. Counseling always starts with a free 15 minute phone conversation. The initial sessions include a disclosure of Informed Consent, rapport development, and brief assessment relative to the presenting issues that resulted in you seeking counseling. From this point we develop the goals of our sessions and will determine the best steps to achieve these goals. Our primary orientation to counseling is cognitive behavioral in nature so we will collectively address the thoughts that affect your feelings as well as the behavior patterns that result. Counseling will require active participation during sessions and follow-through on goals outside of sessions. Counseling does take work but if you are willing to work for yourself with us we feel confident that you will be pleased with the results.