Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear
Deciding to seek help for something you or your child are going through can be really hard. It may be your idea to seek treatment and go to therapy or it might not. The idea may be well received and provide relief or it may produce reluctance and uncertainty. Either way we want to provide some tips and insight in your search for a therapist and for your treatment journey.
We believe in fostering and developing your fullest God-given potential and to promote your physical, emotional, and behavioral well being. Letting your faith be bigger than your fear is deciding to lean in to the unknown, leaving your fears behind on the trail, and trusting the therapeutic process.
What is Therapy?
Therapy isn't just for mental health, but most often "therapy" is used to mean psychotherapy--in other words, psychological help to deal with stress or problems.
How do I find the Right Therapist?
- Get a referral from a trusted friend
- Contact your physician, pediatrician, or school guidance counselor
- Interview counselors and ask questions: What's the therapist's background and training? How often does the therapist meet with clients/parents? How long is the therapeutic process? What are the fees?
Prepare for Your Consultation
Before you set up a consultation or before your first appointment, prepare a list of concerns. For children, bring along any educational evaluations or classroom reports that you have. Consider long-term history and background information. Are struggles recent? Have there been significant changes or disruptions in your family?
Consult Other Therapists
Therapists have different styles and approaches. It's important to find the right fit for you or your child.
Learn the Differences in Credentials
What are the differences among some mental health care therapists?
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) have master's degrees or beyond and are trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders. Registered Play Therapists are mental health professionals who are credentialed by the Association for Play Therapy and promote their specialized play therapy knowledge and training. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) have master's degrees and believe that a wide range of individual problems must be understood within the context of their family and social environemtns. They approach mental and emotional struggles from a relational perspective. Social Workers (LMSW) have master's degrees in social work and typically have a practical approach to problem-solving, collaborating with community resources, and seeking resolution through talk or play therapy, counseling, and group work. Psychologists have doctorate degrees in psychology and provide psychological and educational testing in addition to talk therapy. Psychiatrists have medical degrees and primarily prescribe medication.
Get Help Now
People stall out when they say "I'm going to get help later." You may do the research, figure out who you want to see, and then you stop and rationalize that things are getting better. Reaching out can seem scary, but it doesn't have to be. Admitting you need help can seem scary too, but there is no shame in it. It means you have decided to break the cycle and is a first step towards positive change. We are happy to provide a short consultation over the phone to determine if we can help meet your needs.