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FAQs

How do I get started?

CLICK GET STARTED NOW. You can give us a call or schedule a time for us to call you back.  Christina, our amazing assistant, will listen to you and determine which counselor would be the best fit.  She will get you scheduled and follow up via email with a link to the online paperwork.  No need to print out anything! It’s all online!  You will follow that link, complete the paperwork, and show up for your appointment.

What can I expect the first time I come?

Cmon in, fix yourself a coffee, and get cozy with our soft blanket.  For the first appointment, your counselor will discuss confidentiality and what brings you to counseling. You will be asked questions about many different areas of your life. This helps your counselor to identify potential areas of strengths and improvement. In future individual therapy sessions, we will identify treatment goals and begin working on accomplishing them. An example of a treatment goal is: “I want to go to Azalea Festival in Downtown Wilmington without having a panic attack.”

How many counseling sessions do most clients attend?

It depends. Your counselor will make a recommendation of how many individual therapy sessions are recommended.  Your counselor will also provide their recommendation on how often they would like to see you for counseling.  We understand that life can get in the way of adhering to your counselors recommendation to help reduce your symptoms.  That’s okay, we want to work with you and what fits within your schedule.  We can also accommodate busy schedules by providing a blend of in person and online counseling appointments.  Our aim is to help you accomplish your goals and decide when you no longer need the support of counseling.

I want to see results quickly.  How do I do this?

Two key factors set up clients for success:

1) attend your scheduled appointments and

2) do the homework.

There are 168 hours in a week and individual therapy will only be one hour of that. Homework is a way to bridge the gap between sessions, solidify new information and connect you with resources to help you meet your goals. Therapy is an investment in you and your therapist time. It is important to give yourself permission to focus on this time of self-improvement.

How do I know if therapeutic relationship is a good fit?

The most important thing about therapy is that you are comfortable with your therapist. You have taken the first step to getting better and whatever LMV Counseling can do to support that, we will. Please ask as many questions as you like. This is a big decision and you want to make sure it is a good fit before making the commitment.

What if I don’t like the counselor I’m put with?

We understand that every counselor isn’t going to be a good fit. Not to worry! Christina, our assistant, will call you within three days of your first appointment to see how it went. If it wasn’t a good fit with that one counselor, she will get you matched up with another counselor within LMV Counseling