What is Therapy?
Therapy is an extended conversation between a therapist and a client with a goal of developing effective ways of solving client problems.
What do Therapists do?
All therapists at CCIC hold advanced degrees in marriage and family therapy or in social work. Therapists help clients discover their own solutions by recognizing and building on a client's strengths. Therapists rarely advise, but provide education and guidance as clients explore their feelings and beliefs and find practical solutions to problems.
Do I need therapy?
People seek therapy for a variety of reasons, such as stress, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, and domestic violence. Parents bring children to therapy to address such issues as academic concerns, behavioral problems, and post- divorce issues. If you find yourself or other members of your family repeating behaviors with disappointing or harmful results, you may find therapy helpful.
Is therapy confidential?
What you and your therapist talk about is confidential within the Counseling Center. Exceptions include evidence of child or dependent adult abuse or evidence of intent to harm yourself or others. If you would like to coordinate care with another professional we require that a release of information be signed.
How long does therapy take?
The length of therapy varies with each client. There are no guarantees regarding appropriate time because therapy is done when the problem you want to work on is resolved. A few people find a single session to be helpful, and a few people may take years to resolve their issues. However, some insurance companies and government agencies limit the number of therapy sessions they will cover.
Who will be my therapist?
You will be matched with a therapist who will best meet the needs of your specific problem and your schedule. You can request an individual therapist, but this may mean a slightly longer wait for an appointment.
How is psychiatry different from therapy?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and psychiatric treatment usually involves the use of medication. Psychiatrists are able to write prescriptions. Some psychiatrists also do therapy.
Will my therapist work with my doctor?
The therapists at CCIC believe that it is very important that we have contact to work with medical doctors that oversee your care. For some people, that medical doctor is a family doctor. Other people may want to talk with their psychiatrist.
What happens in the first therapy session?
The therapist will ask you a variety of questions about your symptoms, your social situation, significant events in your life, and your family history. This information will be used to understand the nature of the problem and take steps to develop a treatment plan.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, call 319-337-6483. You will talk with staff who will obtain necessary information. An appointment with a therapist will then be made.