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 is 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.
Most 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?
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This is one of the most common questions we are asked. Your goals will primarily determine the length or number of sessions of counseling in Federal Way. 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 you have been feeling this way for some time, or have struggled 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.
Number of Counseling Sessions in Federal Way
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 at our Federal Way office feels useful in helping you meet your goals.
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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. We are always happy and determined to help you reach your goals, and we welcome any questions you may have.
Are you ready to begin?
Take 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.
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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.
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a specialized therapy approach that focuses on restructuring unhelpful, unhealthy, and untrue thoughts.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) aims to help individuals in counseling identify how their actions, thoughts, and emotions intertwine and how these aspects can greatly affect how they feel about themselves and the world around them.
How does CBT work?
CBT is incredibly popular with therapists around the world. The root of this behavioral therapy is to recognize unhelpful behavior patterns—because when we learn to change our negative thoughts and challenge untrue assumptions, we become happier and improve our quality of life.
CBT is a form of “talking therapy” where an individual works one-on-one with a counselor to change behaviors and thought patterns. CBT does not typically focus on the past or previous life traumas—rather, it seeks to help the individual move forward and have more hope about the future.
What types of problems can CBT help with or improve?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy in Federal Way can help you if you’re struggling with any of the following:
- Negative “self-talk” or habitually being unkind to yourself
- Generalized anxiety
- Relationship problems
- Eating disorders
- Fear and phobias
- Coping with grief
- Work-related stress
If you’re interested in trying cognitive-behavioral counseling in Federal Way, please contact our team today!