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Samaritan Counseling Center
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Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling Session

What does counseling entail?

Counseling provides you the opportunity to work with a therapist as a team to effect positive change in your life. Through a safe, private environment you can “open up and share” with a caring, nonjudgmental professional. Your therapist will help you to see and understand what may be buried inside or invisible to you, and explore ways to help you overcome these areas of difficulty. He/she will help you set and achieve goals through a course of treatment designed especially for you. Through counseling, you will gain the skills, insight and hope you need to move forward in a healthy, positive direction.

How long does a counseling session last?

Generally, counseling sessions last close to an hour. However, your first session may be longer.

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on factors such as the type and complexity of the issues being addressed and when your goals for therapy have been met.

What if I want to change therapists?

A critical factor affecting your healing process is the relationship between you and your therapist. A good rapport and mutual sense of trust are essential. If you believe you and your therapist “aren’t clicking” we encourage you to let us know so we can connect you with a different therapist.

Will my health insurance pay for my counseling?

Many health insurance policies include mental healthcare coverage. Check with your insurance company if you are unsure by calling the number on your insurance card. Samaritan can help you obtain this information. As with any medical need, your deductibles apply.

What if I don’t have the resources to pay for counseling?

As a nonprofit organization, Samaritan raises money to maintain Client Aid Funds. If you lack mental health insurance and cannot afford to pay, Samaritan will subsidize your fees at a reduced rate based on your household income and family size.

Does Samaritan prescribe medication?

Therapists are not permitted by law to prescribe medication; only psychiatrists and other licensed physicians are permitted to do so. While we do have a staff psychiatrist available for consultations, we do not provide psychiatric services. Our therapists can, however, work with your PCP or refer you to a trusted psychiatrist. Incidentally, it is often beneficial for you to be under the care of your PCP (Primary Care Physician) as well as your therapist.

What role does faith play in counseling at Samaritan?

While we are not affiliated with any specific religion, Samaritan does provide counseling that is faith-based; we believe in a mind-body-spirit approach to healing and wellness. Your therapist will work with you within the context of your faith beliefs. He/she will not attempt to impose any particular religious doctrine. We also respect the wishes of those who do not desire to incorporate faith.

What can I do to get the most out of counseling?

Steps to Successful Therapy