FAQs

I’ve never done this before. I don’t even know if counseling can help me.

Guess what? You already started by figuring out that you might want to talk to a counselor!

I promise counseling can help you; in fact, I believe everyone can benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. Seriously! If you are really unsure, I can help you figure that out. Contacting me is the next step toward becoming the best version of yourself. I’ll take it from there! All you have to do is reach out to me. The easiest way is to fill out the box to the right à. I’ll get in touch with you in the next 24 hours. If you want to know more about me, you have full permission to stalk me (@bethaneylmhc) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest!

Am I crazy?

Nope! Absolutely not.

If you are poking around this website right now, there MUST be something going on in your life that makes you feel crazy…or just not happy. Maybe it’s a break-up, a fall-out with a friend, or a huge fight you had with your mom. Are you annoyed with your job, your social life, or relationship status? Maybe you are just trying to figure out who you are, or what your purpose is in life. Regardless, you’re not crazy!

We need couples counseling, but my spouse isn’t willing to go. Now what?

Not a problem. Seriously! If your relationship is on the rocks, the best thing for both you and the relationship is counseling, regardless of which one of you is sitting on the couch. You can’t do the work for your spouse, but you can still do great work.

Most couples counseling involves some, if not a great deal, of individual work. If you start counseling, you are improving yourself, which will ultimately benefit the relationship. Make sure you let your spouse know that it’s okay that they aren’t interested in counseling and you respect their preference, but gently let them know that you are going to go anyways. The most important part here is that you are respectful and kind. Remember that old adage, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar?

What happens next when I start counseling with you?

⊗ Find amazing counselor
⊗ Make initial contact
⊗ Schedule first appointment
Fill out paperwork
Show up!

Honestly, the hard part is over. You took the first step. Now it’s my turn! When you arrive to your first appointment, grab a cup of coffee, have a seat, do some coloring, and try to relax. (Yes, I really have coffee and coloring books!) I’ll call you in to my office, you’ll have a seat on my super-comfy couch (I know, so cliché), and we’ll just talk. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to say. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good at helping people open up and talk!

During the first session, I’m just trying to get to know you as best as I can. I’m going to ask a lot of questions about your life, but you’ll know the answers to all these questions. Most importantly, I’m going to ask you about what you hope to accomplish in counseling. If you don’t know, that’s totally fine! We’ll figure it out together. At the end of the first session, we’ll talk about how I plan to help you meet your goals, and how often we are going to meet. And that’s it!

How much is this gonna cost me?

Stop. The correct question is “How much should I invest in myself?”

Finances are a very real concern for most of us (#adulting). We choose what to spend our money on every. single. day. There’s expenses that are non-negotiable: rent, utilities, student loans… and then there’s the other stuff: new shoes, manicures, dinner and drinks out. Regardless of where you are financially, your mental health should be considered a need and not a want. Why?

BECAUSE YOU ARE WORTH IT.

That’s right. I said it.

Before you say that you can’t afford this, take a minute to think about what you are sacrificing: missed opportunities, missed relationships, goals left unachieved… and start thinking about what you would be gaining!

I charge $150 per 50-minute session. You won’t regret a single dime of it. And the best part? There’s no risk! If you don’t think I’m right for you, the first session in on me. That’s how serious I am. Consider it an investment in yourself and your future. Seriously, what do you have to lose??

YOU DESERVE IT.

What if I need medication?

Here’s your 25¢ lesson on mental health professionals:
Psychiatrists (MD) are medical doctors that can prescribe medication.

Counselors (LMHC), social workers (LCSW), and psychologists (Ph.D.)
are NOT medical doctors and can NOT prescribe medication.

I cannot recommend medication (my credentials do not qualify to make such determinations); however, if during the course of our work together, I feel that medication may be helpful to you, I can/will refer you to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. If you are already working with a psychiatrist, I can have you consent for me to communicate with him/her to coordinate your treatment.

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bethaney@swflcounsel.com
941-258-6944

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