What can I expect from a Light Counseling Session?

At Light Counseling, we want to focus on your primary needs and circumstances of life. The sessions will last between 45 minutes to an hour. Typically, weekly sessions have been proven to work best. If you are in a crisis and need more than one session a week, we will gladly work with you as often as needed through your crisis, and then put you on a weekly session schedule after your crisis has passed. During the session, our counselors will give you goals and objectives till you next session. They may give you a book to read, or ask you to keep records of different issues you may be dealing with. It is crucial for you to think about and process what your counselor has been working with you on, especially when you are not in therapy. The lasting changes that take place in a counseling happen when a counselor instructs and you actively listen and participate both in and out of therapy.

What benefits come from counseling?

There are many different benefits that come from actively participating in counseling. Many times it is encouraging to know that someone else understands your situation. Not only do our counselors understand your situation, but also they genuinely care for you and your loved ones. Our Counselors will show you unconditional love and acceptance. When you come in for counseling, usually your stress levels are so high you are blinded and can’t see past the problem. Our counselors will give you a fresh view on your circumstances and will guide you using Biblical truths to guide you to peace and new life. Counseling will often help you understand yourself better. Our counselors and therapy sessions will help you obtain your personal goals. Counseling will help improve your relationships with loved ones by bringing resolutions to the issues that you were originally concerned with. You will learn how to manage your emotions through counseling. Relationships prosper by effective communication. While in counseling you will practice both listening to the counselor, and being listened too. This is a great way to improve communication skills. You will discover new ways to find solutions to day-to-day problems. Counseling also provides unique self-esteem boosts, which will encourage you to face tomorrow without fear.

Is counseling confidential?

As a general rule, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication of any type of information between a client and a counselor. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

* Suspected abuse of a child dependent adult, or elder abuse. The counselor is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

*If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The counselor must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

*If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The counselor will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

What signs indicate that counseling may be necessary?

If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of the following than counseling may be needed:

Crisis in Relationships

  • If you have loss a loved one
  • Feel rejected by someone close to you
  • Having conflicts with family or friends.

Problems with Academic Performance

  • Testing anxiety
  • De-motivation to do work, or poor performance in classroom especially if this represents a change from prior level.
  • Confusion of low performance

Unusual Behavior or Marked Change in Behavior

  • Depression
  • Overwhelming Anxiety
  • Changes in appearance, including weight and personal hygiene.
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Inappropriate display of emotions
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Hyperactivity, or chronic irritability
  • Sudden social withdrawal

Substance Abuse

  • Excessive and/or increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Impaired daily functions

Harmful Behavior

  • Contemplating suicide
    Verbalizing statements of helplessness or hopelessness
    Persistent or prolonged unhappiness.