Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will I be in counseling?

The number of sessions that will benefit you depends on the goals you have for therapy.   After you meet with your counselor the two of you will work together to address your concerns and move toward the growth and change that you desire.  Most people begin coming on a weekly basis at the beginning so that they can really focus on on the change they seek and taper off as they meet their goals.  But everyone is unique and you can discuss what works best for you with your counselor.

How do I ensure my counselor will meet my needs?

How do I get my insurance to pay for counseling?

My marriage is in trouble but my spouse won’t come to counseling. Is there any point in me coming by myself?

Yes.  We believe that anyone willing to address the problems in their relationships has significant power to influence positive changes. Together with your counselor, you can work to improve the issues in your relationships and the ways that those issues impact you.

My child/teen doesn’t want to see a counselor. What good will it do to make them come?

While we cannot promise that your child/teen will look forward to their next appointment,  we have found that most of our younger clients see counseling as a safe place to be themselves.  Over time they usually develop a level of trust in their counselor and enjoy the freedom to express themselves and their concerns.

How does confidentiality work between my child and the counselor?

What is play therapy and how can it help my child?

When is a counselor obligated to report abuse?

What’s the difference between an LPC, an intern, and a practicum student?

This can be confusing. To be licensed in the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) you must complete your master’s degree in psychology or counseling, pass a rigorous exam, and then complete 3,000 hours of supervised work with clients. An LPC has met all three of these requirements. An LPC intern has already earned a master’s degree, passed the state exam, and is now working on the required 3,000 hours. A practicum student is at the end of their master’s program and will soon graduate. All three are qualified to help clients work toward their goals.

Christian Counseling? What does that mean?

Each of the counselors at ECA believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We believe that the Bible is the actual word of God. We believe that God has a purpose and a plan for us all. Those beliefs make us who we are as individuals and as counselors. However, we are sensitive to your faith walk. Let us know where you are and how you do or don’t want faith incorporated into your sessions and we will listen and respect your wishes.

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