What is counseling?
Counseling is an important partnership between counselor and client. Together, you and your counselor identify challenges and areas needing change, working to build healthy solutions and new skills to move into a new, more positive direction.
Counseling lays the foundation for individuals, couples, and families to build better communication, to promote behavior change and new ways of thinking, and to build a more positive view of relationships and self.
How do I know if I need counseling?
People who have the need for counseling are often experiencing symptoms and persistent problems that they do not feel they can manage or overcome on their own. Often, people feel stuck and uncertain about how to deal with these concerns and will benefit from the wisdom and experience of a professional who is licensed and experienced to help with your particular problems and concerns.
How can counseling help me?
At Family Life Counseling, we understand life can be challenging. We can often find ourselves struggling alone. We become isolated in our pain and can feel like we have nowhere to turn. At Family Life Counseling, we recognize people’s need for compassion, encouragement, and relationship. We will work with you and walk beside you, so you do not face your challenges alone. Working together, we can discover the path toward healing in your life.
Our focus at Family Life Counseling is to work with the whole person to find new ways to live in a healthy and successful way. We work to find real life, practical solutions. We want you to identify and build on your strengths, finding creative and innovative ways to use those strengths to not just survive struggles but to transform your life.
What can I expect at a counseling session?
Our therapies are individually tailored to meet each person’s needs and abilities. We don’t use a “cookie cutter” approach to therapy. You will find that we have a warm, welcoming environment that will challenge you to a better life. During your initial session, we will discuss your current situation and relevant history. In future sessions, we will work together to identify goals and build a treatment plan working during each session toward growth, insight, and change.
How long will I be in counseling?
This will be determined by you and your counselor based on your specific problems and issues. You and your counselor will build a treatment plan with goals for counseling, working to build skills, develop insights, and build new behaviors and ways of thinking that will help you manage your problems in more effective ways.
How do I choose a counselor?
Looking for a counselor with whom you feel a connection is very important to your therapeutic experience. Your counselor should be an individual you feel you can trust and is open to understanding your unique history, problems, and goals for change. Finding an experienced counselor that has dealt with problems and issues similar to your own is also key to a good counseling relationship.
What type of training do your counselors have?
Each of our counselors has a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work and has been licensed or working toward a license to do counseling by their profession through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Each of our counselors is highly experienced and committed to the profession. Each counselor receives individual and group supervision as well as utilizing continuing education.
What do LPC and LCSW mean?
To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) an individual must complete a Master’s degree in counseling, pass the National Counselor’s Examination and then go on to complete an additional 2,000 hours of post degree supervised experience and 100 hours of supervision.
To become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) an individual must obtain a Master’s degree in social work from a CSWE approved program, must pass the Clinical level ASWB exam, and must complete 3360 hours of post degree supervised experience and at least 96 hours of supervision.
Do you offer counseling services for children and teenagers?
Yes. Children and teenagers are often helped by having their own individual sessions, sometimes in combination with family counseling sessions. Teenagers can play an active role in deciding what will work best for them. Younger children usually benefit most from play therapy. Parents are always encouraged to take an active part in their children’s counseling by attending a portion of the session to give input and get support in their parenting and encouragement of their child.
Are my sessions confidential?
Yes, within the bounds that the law and counseling ethics allow.
How long are appointments?
Most appointments are 50 minutes long. Longer sessions can be arranged and are often suggested for EMDR work.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Are you available in the evenings or on weekends?
We do offer evening and/or weekend appointments. Space for these appointments is limited.
Where are you located?
We are located in southeast Aurora in the Southlands Shopping Center. We are located on Main St. above the retail stores.
How long has Family Life Counseling been around?
Family Life Counseling was started in 1999. It has been at its present location at the Southlands Shopping Center since 2006.
How much does counseling cost?
Our counselors are providers for many insurance plans and a variety of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). You will need to check with your individual insurance plan to understand your specific behavioral health coverage and benefit. Many people do have a deductible and/or a copay. Flexible Spending Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts are often used to pay for counseling fees. Check with your plan administrator to confirm this as an allowable expense. Check also with your employer to see if EAP benefits are available to you.
We also offer a reduced, reasonable rate for those who are paying out-of-pocket. Our rates are very competitive compared to other therapists.
Please note that we do not currently accept Medicare or Medicaid.
What forms of payment do you accept?
What if I need to cancel a scheduled appointment?
Please note that we arrange a specific appointment time just for you. We ask if you do need to change a scheduled appointment that you contact us at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule. We do assess late cancellation and missed session fees. There is no charge for any session cancelled at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
Do you have someone who can write prescriptions or conduct psychological testing?
No. We do not have a medical doctor on site to write prescriptions. We also do not provide psychological testing at this time. Should you require one of these services, we would be happy to assist you with referrals.