Some common questions people have:
  1. How do I know if therapy is what I need?
The following is by no means a complete list of reasons why people seek therapy.
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Quick to anger
  • Struggling to keep up at work
  • Drinking alcohol more than usual
  • Using drugs, including over-using prescription medications
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Feeling overwhelmed with stress
  • Relationship difficulties with loved ones and/or friends
  • Difficulties adjusting to a major life event
  • Struggling with Grief/Loss
  • Skills acquisition
  • Being a victim of trauma or abuse
  • Having a clinical disorder or condition
  • Personal growth
According to Psychology Today's 2004 survey, more than 27% of all adults (an estimated 59 million people) received mental health treatment in the two years prior. Of this group, "47% report a history of medication, but no therapy; more than a third (34%) report a history of both medication and therapy; and 19% report a history of therapy, but no medication." If my math is correct, that means somewhere around 30 million adults were in psychotherapy during that two year period. So who goes to therapy? A lot of us. An APA study found that 50% of Americans believe the stigma associated with therapy has decreased, which may be one reason for a rise in numbers.
So in summary, almost anybody for any reason can benefit from therapy. Often time’s people think that they must be in a crisis or near a crisis state in order to feel justified in seeking treatment. Why wait until the “you know what” hits the fan? If you are having some general difficulties or are struggling with a particular issue, give McCreary Counseling a call at 940-343-7941 or email us at kevin@mccrearycounseling.com. We can briefly discuss the issue and decide together if therapy is appropriate for you or not.
  1. What happens in a counseling session?
McCreary Counseling prides itself on being professional and appropriate with clients. We will listen non-judgmentally to what you have to say and provide meaningful feedback. At its core, counseling is a didactic process. That is to say in an individual session, you and your counselor will have a conversation about what is happening in your life. Really, it is no different than going to see your medical doctor for an illness. You meet with your doctor where symptoms are assessed and a treatment plan developed to resolve the ailment. Seeing a counselor individually is no different.
Group counseling is a little different. After having met with a therapist individually to determine that group treatment is appropriate, you will be assigned a group of individuals that are working on the same issue as you or issues similar to yours. Often people will become quite nervous at this point due to the prospect of talking about personal issues with people you barely know. All clients are asked to follow the following rule: What happens in group stays in group. And remember, you are in control of how much you share. The advantage to group treatment is that you get the benefit of someone else’s experience. Another person may have already been through the exact thing that you are struggling with and hearing what worked for them may spur new ideas for how you can manage your situation.
  1. How much will it cost me?
The standard rate for a therapy session with McCreary Counseling is $120.00. Our fees range from $30.00 to $120.00 depending on the referral source. We offer a sliding fee and can discuss payment arrangements if necessary. While we do not directly accept insurance at this time, we are more than willing to assist in providing whatever paperwork you may need to file with your insurance carrier. We are working to become a preferred provider with the major insurance companies in the state of Texas; however, this process takes time.
  1. Who will know I am seeing a therapist?
The short answer – nobody. McCreary Counseling, like all healthcare providers, is bound by the HIPPA law which requires strict confidentiality of all medical records. Unless you provide written consent for us to speak with someone other than yourself, we will not discuss your case with anyone outside our office. This includes your family members. While we encourage our clients to enable us to speak with those close to our client, this is not required and is strictly voluntary.

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