In the context of the information presented on this website, counseling and therapy are slightly different in experience although the words are used interchangeably. Basically, the counseling experience may directly address a single concern, thus be short-term, and goal-focused. Whereas, therapy usually involves a more intense, in-depth “look” into what is happening that is causing a repeated problem in your life.
The first step to starting counseling or therapy is to decide you want and need to take care of yourself. As most people, you have chosen to research where to go and who to meet with by looking on the Internet. This is a great first step! The next step is to call different therapists and do some consumer shopping. So, please feel free to give us a call. We will be glad to talk with you on the phone and decide with you which one of us is the best fit for you or if another therapist would be better. We are focused on you getting what you need during this stressful time. In our first phone conversation, we will discuss topics like (a) What is happening that you are considering counseling? (b) If the therapist you called is able to assist you? (If not, we will discuss with you other options?) (c) How much will the service cost you? (d) How did you locate us? And, (e) we will need to obtain some basic contact information, and then schedule your first appointment.
Counseling and therapy have been proven to be an effective way of working through many of the stresses and events experienced in our lives that cause us to feel some distress. Counseling and therapy work for various reasons. You may “feel better” naturally since you are working at getting better! You may feel from our time together that we care about you and understand your struggle. This connection can give you the encouragement and motivation you need to implement just the right action to make your life a bit happier. We also want you to feel better, too. You may feel hope from our conversations, which can provide you a sense of confidence in yourself. Finally, each therapist thinks differently about how people change, therefore each of us will talk differently with you. This may give you a sense of truly being understood in a way that opens up new possibilities and solutions regarding your struggle. That’s why it is valuable for you to call us today. You can get a feel for us just through a phone call.
This is a great question! Please, feel free to ask the therapist you speak with about her opinion. The people that participate in counseling will depend on what you want to accomplish. For example, if your parent has severely harmed you, individual counseling may be best. But, if you and your partner seem to argue too often, then couple therapy is usually a better idea. (Please, let us know during the initial phone call if domestic violence is happening or if you or a loved one is thinking about suicide.) During our initial phone call we can decide together if individual, couple, or family therapy is right.
We also want you to feel better as soon as possible. The earlier you connect with counseling, the quicker you will feel better. Research done by an insurance company a few years ago found out that when families go into counseling as a unit they typically experience relief sooner than when people participate in counseling by themselves. Each issue is very different because we are all unique individuals. We want to start addressing your struggle during our first phone call.
This is another great question! You will know when counseling or therapy has worked because you will have more “good days” than you will have “bad days.” At the start of your treatment, you and the therapist will decide on a goal for treatment and how that will be accomplished. When the goal is met, you have the choice to discontinue the service, set a new goal, or maybe just take a break for a while and come back later to check-in. Counseling is flexible so that we can meet your needs. It is normal to be nervous when first contacting a therapist. Most people report feeling relief just knowing they have an appointment and someone will be there with them through their time of struggle.
Yes, we do, and we are very glad you asked us. Maison Vie (translated “life-giving home”) offers low-cost counseling and therapy services (when available) to families who need financial consideration. Families can help support in the education of and development in training new therapists by agreeing to contract for counseling with a pre-licensed therapist (i.e., a therapist who has completed his or her Master’s degree in a counseling-related field and is now working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor or a Marriage and Family Therapist. Please call Susan Harrington (504-452-5937) for more information.
There are many credentials used in the field of mental health counseling and therapy. All these letters have one major perspective in common: we worked toward encouraging you to tap into your natural abilities. Our “job” is to help you reconnect with what is already inside of you and just waiting to shine.
Specifically, each credentialing attests to the education and training that the therapist has acquired. All three credentials indicate the therapist has completed a Master’s of Art degree in a counseling-related field plus supervised experience providing ethical services and/or counseling. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) have 3000 hours of supervised experienced under another therapist with the same credentialing. LPCs believe in empowering their clients toward solving their problems. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) have 3000 hours of supervised experience, of which 1000 hours must have occurred with couples and/or families, under another therapist with the same credentialing. LMFTs view individuals as interconnected, that is as a family. National Certified Counselors (NCCs) have met the requirements of LPCs and also have the ability to transfer their credentials across state lines (but that does not mean we can provide counseling to people who reside outside of the state of Louisiana).
By all means, if you are unsatisfied or discouraged, please tell us. We want to know as soon as possible. Be direct and clear with your feedback, so that we can address your concerns immediately. Your ongoing feedback helps us help you more effectively, even if that means referring you to someone who may be a better fit for you.
First, please recognize that dissatisfaction with counseling or therapy and a formal grievance are completely different. A formal grievance means that you can prove that you received unethical and/or harmful treatment, whereas dissatisfaction with the service implies that you experienced counseling or therapy as ineffective (not harmful to you).
Second, each therapist listed on this website is an independent provider and is credentialed by the Licensed Professional Counselors’ Board of Examiners. We are all mandated to provide you with services that comply with the code of conduct regulated by the State of Louisiana. You can find additional information on the treatment consent you signed at the start of counseling or therapy. The following links access the appropriate code.