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Thrive Counseling Center
Therapy for Individuals, Couples & Family

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Thrive Counseling Center we strive to be transparent about the process of counseling.

We know that counseling is something that a lot of people feel hesitant to talk about, and resistant to share their experiences, which can lead to confusion and a lot of unknowns about the process. Especially if this is your first time considering working with a therapist.

Our goal to to demystify the counseling process and help you understand how counseling works.  

Below are some of the most common questions we are asked and some answers to get you started.  If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by email, or give us a call. 

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Pile of smooth stones with green background | Federal Way WA CounselorsThis is a great question and an extremely important one! We are committed by law, and by our professional ethics code to not disclose any information about you to anyone without your permission. By permission, I mean that you actually have to come into the office and sign a Release of Information (ROI) if you ever wanted us to speak with someone on your behalf. 

Protecting privacy is Extremely Important to Us

This means that even if someone were to call our office and ask if you were a client of ours, unless we have that ROI on file, we don’t know who you are and can’t even tell the caller if we’ve ever even met you before. We take protecting your privacy extremely seriously.

How We Bill Insurance in Federal Way

If you are interested in having us bill your insurance, you will need to sign our initial paperwork giving us permission to share some of your information with the insurance company. Some of the information that you are giving permission to share are things like your medical/psychiatric diagnosis, as well as occasional treatment planning records and/or progress reports. Unfortunately, the insurance companies will not cover services without this information.  In the past, a medical record had big implications serving as documentation of pre-existing conditions that excluded many from getting health insurance.  Although the current health insurance system does not allow for exclusions for pre-existing conditions, we do not know if this will continue on infinitely.  Some of our clients do choose to completely protect their privacy by paying privately (out of pocket) in order to keep their session details entirely confidential. We leave this up to you and are happy to discuss this further with you if you have additional questions.

HIPAA Compliant System

We are extremely proud to run an office that utilizes the best of cutting-edge technology to give you the best experience in working with us while not compromising your privacy and the integrity of your trust in us. We have gone the extra lengths to make sure that EVERY system we use is HIPAA compliant (the standard the government sets for requirements for protecting sensitive patient/client data). Our staff has received training in HIPAA compliance, our software programs are all HIPAA compliant, and our IT department has specialized HIPAA compliance certifications. This boils down to an extremely secure experience for you coming in to see us, whether you come into the office or meet with us virtually. 

Sessions are typically 55 minutes long.person holding clock | therapist federal way wa

However, in working with couples and some individuals, we sometimes find that longer sessions can be helpful (1.5-2 hours) to really dive into the places you are getting stuck in a productive way. If you know that you would like to schedule an hour and a half for a session you can do so through our online scheduling system, giving us a call, or sending us an email. 

Counseling Sessions with Children in Federal Way

In some cases, if we are working with young children we will do abbreviated 40-minute sessions.

Are you ready to schedule?  You can schedule your appointment now through our online scheduling system.

Have more questions?  Please give us a call at 206-567-7267 or send us an email.

 

Individual Counseling

Woman looking pensive | Federal Way CounselingMost of our clients will start off by meeting with their therapist once a week.

In our experience starting off with coming in once a week is the most effective frequency in order to get the best results from counseling. Starting off with meetings that are less frequent means slower progress, and backtracking in between sessions.

It’s likely that it took a while to get to the place where you are right now.  While it doesn’t need to take as long to get out of it, it does require consistency in doing and understanding things differently for the shifts to really stick. 

Amount of Counseling Sessions Varies

While we usually start off with weekly sessions, it is our goal to not keep you in counseling forever. Some of our clients work with us under a more brief therapy model (6-12 sessions). Some of our clients who are facing bigger challenges will work with us for 6 months to a year. Some of our clients chose to continue to work with us over the course of several years. We are here to support you for as long as it feels helpful. 

As you progress with your therapist towards your goals, it is common to decrease to meeting every other week, or perhaps once a month. We even have clients who come in for quarterly or yearly check-ins as part of their maintenance for their emotional, psychological, and relational health. We do this with every other part of our systems (and even our cars!), so why wouldn’t we take the time to invest in taking some time to check up on our emotional and relational health?

Contact Our 98003 Office

Ready to get started? You can schedule online now, send us an email, or give us a call at 206-567-7267.

Profile of man | Individual counseling Federal Way This is one of the most common questions we are asked. The length/number of sessions of counseling will primarily be determined by your goals. Some goals take longer than others to achieve. 

Let’s see if we can break it down for you a little more…

The patterns or dynamics you are struggling with now didn’t happen overnight. Chances are that you have been feeling this way for some time, or have been struggling with a challenge for a while.

It doesn’t take as long to discover new options and heal as it took to get to where you are now, but we can’t change everything in a week or two. 

Amount of Counseling Sessions

Typically we will recommend a minimum investment of 6-8 sessions to really make headway with what you are struggling with. After that, we continue for as long as counseling feels useful in helping you meet your goals.  

Contact Our 98003 Counseling Office

Have more questions about if counseling might be helpful for you?  Please give us a call at 206-567-7267, or send us an email.

Are you ready to begin?  You can schedule your appointment right now.

Silhouette of person in sunset | Federal Way CounselingTake a look through our providers, and see who you feel most connected to based on either their description, their background and experience, or their picture.

You might also want to take a look at schedules to see which therapist has times available that work for you. 

Find the Therapist that Fits Your Needs

If you are still unsure, or looking through and making the decision feels overwhelming, you can also give our office a call or send us an email and we can match you with the therapist who we feel will be the best fit for your needs.

Time and time again, research on the effectiveness of counseling and therapy shows that a strong alliance and positive relationship with your therapist is one of the strongest predictors of you having success meeting your goals in counseling. In other words, you have to feel a connection with your therapist for this to work.

No matter what the background, experience, or specialization areas of a provider….if you don’t click with your therapist, it’s a waste of your time, energy, and money. 

Contact Our Federal Way Office

Still not sure who is the right fit for you?  Give us a call at 206-567-7267 or send us an email for help in scheduling with the therapist who is the best fit for your needs.

woman getting counseling from female therapist Just as you have a medical doctor who helps you protect your body and who can care for you when you get sick, you can also have a team of mental health professionals on your side to help you care for your mind. 

Importance of Mental Health

Keeping yourself mentally healthy is just as important as keeping yourself physically healthy, and a mental health counselor in Federal Way, WA can assist you if you’re struggling.

Mental health counselors, also known as therapists, can:

  • Provide a safe space where you can discuss sensitive issues in your life or seek help when you are struggling 
  • Offer counseling services for couples and families in addition to individuals 
  • Help you learn healthier, more effective ways to manage your stress or cope with challenges in your life 
  • Create a sense of accountability for your behaviors if you’re struggling and want to get back on track 
  • Validate the way you are feeling and help you process your emotions more productively 

Counseling professionals get into their line of work because they genuinely care about people and their wellbeing. Our mental health counselors in Federal Way are licensed, trained individuals who want to help you get into a better headspace and improve your quality of life.

Contact Our Federal Way Therapy Office

If you have questions about counseling in Federal Way or are curious about how seeing a therapist might help you, please call us at Thrive Counseling Center by dialing (206) 567-7267 today!

Couples Counseling

Man and woman touching foreheadsIf your relationship with your partner is struggling, there’s a good chance you both could benefit from couples counseling in Auburn, WA.

It’s normal for couples to go through occasional “lulls” or difficult times, but if your relationship’s been struggling for a while, couples therapy can probably help. 

Benefits of Couples Counseling

Common benefits of couples counseling in Auburn, WA include:

  • Improved communication flow between partners 
  • Dedication or rededication to the success of the relationship 
  • Feelings of clarity or improved focus regarding the relationship
  • Deeper feelings of physical/emotional connection
  • Stronger ability to express wants and needs 

Relationship or Marriage Help

Couples counseling can help your marriage or relationship if you feel stuck or like you are at a roadblock with a particular issue. We offer couples counseling in Auburn that is diverse and unique to you, which means that no two couples experience the same sessions and that no two sessions are the same. We can help you and your partner address common relationship issues that have to do with:

  • Finances
  • Sex and physical intimacy 
  • Children
  • Work
  • Stress management 
  • Household duties 
  • Achieving goals
  • Upcoming milestones such as children moving away or retiring from a job 

Couples counseling provides you and your partner with a safe space to discuss your issues and work through problems before they become too challenging.

Contact Our Federal Way Counseling Office

To speak with a couples counselor in Federal Way, call us at (206) 567-7267 today!

Profile of man | Individual counseling Federal Way This is one of the most common questions we are asked. The length/number of sessions of counseling will primarily be determined by your goals. Some goals take longer than others to achieve. 

Let’s see if we can break it down for you a little more…

The patterns or dynamics you are struggling with now didn’t happen overnight. Chances are that you have been feeling this way for some time, or have been struggling with a challenge for a while.

It doesn’t take as long to discover new options and heal as it took to get to where you are now, but we can’t change everything in a week or two. 

Amount of Counseling Sessions

Typically we will recommend a minimum investment of 6-8 sessions to really make headway with what you are struggling with. After that, we continue for as long as counseling feels useful in helping you meet your goals.  

Contact Our 98003 Counseling Office

Have more questions about if counseling might be helpful for you?  Please give us a call at 206-567-7267, or send us an email.

Are you ready to begin?  You can schedule your appointment right now.

woman getting counseling from female therapist Just as you have a medical doctor who helps you protect your body and who can care for you when you get sick, you can also have a team of mental health professionals on your side to help you care for your mind. 

Importance of Mental Health

Keeping yourself mentally healthy is just as important as keeping yourself physically healthy, and a mental health counselor in Federal Way, WA can assist you if you’re struggling.

Mental health counselors, also known as therapists, can:

  • Provide a safe space where you can discuss sensitive issues in your life or seek help when you are struggling 
  • Offer counseling services for couples and families in addition to individuals 
  • Help you learn healthier, more effective ways to manage your stress or cope with challenges in your life 
  • Create a sense of accountability for your behaviors if you’re struggling and want to get back on track 
  • Validate the way you are feeling and help you process your emotions more productively 

Counseling professionals get into their line of work because they genuinely care about people and their wellbeing. Our mental health counselors in Federal Way are licensed, trained individuals who want to help you get into a better headspace and improve your quality of life.

Contact Our Federal Way Therapy Office

If you have questions about counseling in Federal Way or are curious about how seeing a therapist might help you, please call us at Thrive Counseling Center by dialing (206) 567-7267 today!

Woman looking at cellphone | Federal Way Counseling Here’s the thing, it’s likely that the secret you are thinking about is part of what’s getting in the way of you both feeling connected and on the same page in your relationship. 

We will discuss with you in the first session (if you are coming in as a couple) that we can’t do our job effectively if we are put in the role of secret-keepers throughout your counseling with us. 

That being said, if there is a secret that you are holding that you are fearful of disclosing to your partner, counseling is a really good venue to get the support you need to share the secret.

Chances are, it’s going to come to light eventually.

How Counseling Can Help 

Counseling can often help minimize the fallout, and help you share in the most productive way possible.

With the help of your therapist, you can disclose what’s going on for you in a way that has the potential to bring you both closer together instead of drive you apart. We respect how hard this process is, and certainly would work with you before we did a disclosure session with the two of you.

Contact Our 98003 Therapy Office

Are you ready for some help in getting your relationship back on track?  You can schedule online with one of our therapists now, give us a call at 206-567-7267, or send us an email.

Child and Teen Counseling

woman getting counseling from female therapist Just as you have a medical doctor who helps you protect your body and who can care for you when you get sick, you can also have a team of mental health professionals on your side to help you care for your mind. 

Importance of Mental Health

Keeping yourself mentally healthy is just as important as keeping yourself physically healthy, and a mental health counselor in Federal Way, WA can assist you if you’re struggling.

Mental health counselors, also known as therapists, can:

  • Provide a safe space where you can discuss sensitive issues in your life or seek help when you are struggling 
  • Offer counseling services for couples and families in addition to individuals 
  • Help you learn healthier, more effective ways to manage your stress or cope with challenges in your life 
  • Create a sense of accountability for your behaviors if you’re struggling and want to get back on track 
  • Validate the way you are feeling and help you process your emotions more productively 

Counseling professionals get into their line of work because they genuinely care about people and their wellbeing. Our mental health counselors in Federal Way are licensed, trained individuals who want to help you get into a better headspace and improve your quality of life.

Contact Our Federal Way Therapy Office

If you have questions about counseling in Federal Way or are curious about how seeing a therapist might help you, please call us at Thrive Counseling Center by dialing (206) 567-7267 today!

Two young girls smiling in field When you think of professional counseling, you probably only picture counseling for adults and couples. Did you know that children can also benefit from working with a licensed professional counselor?

Many parents turn to child counseling when their elementary school-aged and young teenage children are struggling with challenges that the parents feel unequipped to handle on their own. Our child counseling in Federal Way, WA is helpful for children who are unresponsive to parental attempts or even school-sponsored efforts to address behavioral problems. The team of professionals at Thrive Counseling Center can work with children both in our office as well as online through our secure video counseling. 

What can counseling help children with?

Our counseling services can help children who are struggling with:

  • Anxiety or excessive worry 
  • Transitionary periods such as their parents’ divorce or a move to a new school 
  • Addiction to technology or devices including tablets, phones, televisions, or video games 
  • Depression or signs of disinterest 
  • Autism, Asperger’s, or other behavioral conditions such as ADHD

Our licensed therapists can work with your child in child counseling sessions, even if your child just seems a little “off” or is struggling with an unknown problem. Our job is to work with your child to uncover the root of the problem and help them learn to cope in healthier and happier ways.

Schedule Child Counseling in Federal Way

When you and your child are ready to move forward, call our counseling office at (206) 567-7267 to learn more! 

Parenting Support & Family Counseling

woman getting counseling from female therapist Just as you have a medical doctor who helps you protect your body and who can care for you when you get sick, you can also have a team of mental health professionals on your side to help you care for your mind. 

Importance of Mental Health

Keeping yourself mentally healthy is just as important as keeping yourself physically healthy, and a mental health counselor in Federal Way, WA can assist you if you’re struggling.

Mental health counselors, also known as therapists, can:

  • Provide a safe space where you can discuss sensitive issues in your life or seek help when you are struggling 
  • Offer counseling services for couples and families in addition to individuals 
  • Help you learn healthier, more effective ways to manage your stress or cope with challenges in your life 
  • Create a sense of accountability for your behaviors if you’re struggling and want to get back on track 
  • Validate the way you are feeling and help you process your emotions more productively 

Counseling professionals get into their line of work because they genuinely care about people and their wellbeing. Our mental health counselors in Federal Way are licensed, trained individuals who want to help you get into a better headspace and improve your quality of life.

Contact Our Federal Way Therapy Office

If you have questions about counseling in Federal Way or are curious about how seeing a therapist might help you, please call us at Thrive Counseling Center by dialing (206) 567-7267 today!

Mother, father, and daughter smiling Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or by your responsibilities as a parent? If so, you are not alone. 

As a solution to this problem, we offer parenting support in Federal Way, WA in the form of parental counseling. Parental counseling exists to provide parents with the emotional and mental tools they need to thrive. Being a parent is tough work, and we believe in supporting parents along their journey in any way we can. 

Benefits of Parental Counseling

You could benefit from parental counseling if you often feel overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or find yourself struggling to know how to best support your child. Parental counseling teaches essential skills, such as:

  • Communicating with teenage children
  • Knowing how to help a child during a crisis or challenge 
  • Parenting when your child has an emotional or physical disability 
  • Working alongside your spouse or partner to parent equally between you 

There is no shame in attending parental counseling sessions. Hundreds of families have turned to our parenting support in Federal Way when they were struggling—and your family can benefit, too! 

Contact Our Federal Way Office

If you are a parent, and you want to strengthen your relationship with your spouse and your children, we recommend parental counseling. Call our Federal Way office today at (206) 567-7267 to get started on your journey toward more effective parenting techniques!

Online Counseling

Woman talking on phone and computerYes! 

At Thrive Counseling Center, we understand that life is busy and that carving out time for weekly therapy can be hard. However, we never want your busy schedule to stand in the way of you getting the help you need. That is why we offer online counseling in Federal Way, WA

Online Counseling in the 98003 Area

What exactly is online counseling? Think of it as the same service as an in-office counseling session, except you will video chat with your therapist from the comfort of your home, work, or other location. Online counseling allows you to schedule your regular counseling sessions without ever having to commute to our office. Online counseling is an excellent choice if you travel frequently, have a disability and cannot drive, work long hours at your job, do not have access to childcare, or have a hectic schedule. 

With our online counseling in Federal Way, WA, you can use a device such as a smartphone or a tablet to safely and securely communicate with your counselor via video. We can schedule your online counseling session for a time that is convenient for you—whether it’s after your children are asleep, in the evening after work, or even over the weekend. 

Call Our Federal Way Office to Schedule a Virtual Appointment

Don’t let your busy life hold you back from excellent therapy. Give us a call today at (206) 567-7267 to schedule your appointment for online counseling!

Close up of cell phone with keyboard in backgroundAt our counseling practice, we believe that yes, online counseling is very effective for most people. 

In fact, for some clients who are anxious about the thought of meeting face-to-face with a counselor or who don’t have time to commute to our office, online counseling is the only way they’re able to get the treatment they need. 

Online Counseling in Auburn

We offer online counseling in Auburn to any interested clients, whether they are current or prospective. Some of the benefits of our digital therapy include:

  • Greater flexibility to work around your schedule
  • No sitting in traffic or spending money on gas to travel
  • E-meeting with your counselor when you have shorter bursts of time, like during your lunch break or while your child is napping
  • The option for you to attend your sessions anywhere you have an internet connection 

When you participate in virtual therapy sessions, you benefit from the informality of the meetings. Our online counseling in Auburn allows you to meet from the comfort of your own home or another place you feel safe and to attend your sessions in a way that’s best for you. This could mean anything from wearing cozy sweatpants to having a soothing candle nearby— whatever will help you relax and get the most out of your time. 

Contact Our Federal Way Office

If you’d like to learn more about meeting with a counselor via our online counseling platform, please contact us today at (206) 567-7267.

Supporting Neurodiversity: Adults

At Thrive Counseling Center, we regularly provide counseling for neurodiverse adults in Federal Way, WA. 

Challenges Neurodiverse Individuals Face

Because living in a largely neurotypical society can be challenging to those with neurodiverse minds, our team of counseling professionals works hard to develop treatment and coping strategies to help neurodiverse individuals navigate the complexities of life. We accomplish this by focusing our therapies on common areas of concern such as romantic relationships, friendships, independent living, and the workplace. 

Our goal is that our counseling for neurodiverse adults will help those individuals feel:

  • Supported
  • Confident
  • Educated 
  • Capable
  • Trusted
  • Respected 

We offer therapy sessions both for neurodiverse adults and their loved ones so that everyone can gain a better understanding of neurodiversity and come to truly appreciate the role it plays in their relationships.

Working with Families of Neurodiverse Individuals

We work with families, couples, friends, and parents who want to improve the way they communicate and learn more about how neurodiverse adults view the world. We teach those with neurodiversity how to more effectively engage with other members of society and how to improve the quality of their interactions with their peers.

Because we celebrate neurodiversity and see it as a gift, we offer counseling from a unique perspective that helps strengthen neurodiverse relationships. 

Schedule a Session in Federal Way

If you would like to schedule a session of counseling for neurodiverse adults in Federal Way, please contact our licensed therapists today. 

Supporting Neurodiversity: Kids and Teens

young girl with glasses and braces smilingIn the counseling world, we often use the term “neurodiverse.” Neurodiversity refers to situations where brains respond differently to information and stimuli than the average “typical” brain. Neurodiverse people respond to and interact with the world around them in a nontraditional way that other people might see as strange or even inappropriate. 

Neurodiversity can be especially difficult for children who are trying to figure out their place in the world and how to best interact with their peers. Common neurodiverse conditions include Autism, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities, and speech disorders. 

Benefits of Neurodiversity Counseling

Are you searching for counseling for a neurodiverse child in Federal Way? At Thrive Counseling Center, our trained therapists work with neurodiverse children to help them develop social skills that strengthen their interactions and relationships with others. Neurodiverse children often fail to pick up on social cues or to know how to act in group settings, which can make other children feel uncomfortable.

Our caring counselors understand the significant challenges that neurodiverse children face. Adjusting to social norms and developing “acceptable” social behaviors is hard even for neurotypical children. For this reason, we take our time with our neurodiverse clients and slowly tackle issues one at a time. 

Neurodiverse children often feel overwhelmed in standard social settings. Individual and family counseling sessions offer a safe space where these children can openly share their feelings and work through their struggles. Our therapists understand how to work with neurodiverse brains and will target specific problem areas with your child.

Schedule Your Child's Neurodiversity Counseling in Federal Way Today

If you are ready to schedule counseling for your neurodiverse child in Federal Way, our therapists can see you almost immediately. Please contact our counseling office today at (206) 567-7267 to learn more. 

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