Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be Catholic to go to The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center?

No. Our services are available to people of all faiths, as well as all doubts.

What is counseling like?

Every counseling session is unique and addresses the individual’s or couples goals.  It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life.  Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term addressing more complex issues.  There may be times when your therapist suggests certain actions outside of the therapy session, such as reading a book or monitoring certain behaviors.  It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions.  For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between sessions.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between a client and therapist.  No information is disclosed without prior written permission from you.

However there are some exceptions required by law.  Exceptions include:

• Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse

• A client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person

• A client intends to harm him or herself

• A therapist is ordered by a court of law.

What are your credentials?

Our therapists are Master level graduates and are licensed by the state or completing licensure requirements.

Our psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in mental health issues and psychotropic medications.

What if I change insurance or lose my coverage?

If insurance coverage changes we will make every effort to work with your new insurance company. If coverage is terminated, our sliding fee scale will enable you to complete therapy.

What if I don’t have insurance?

We have a sliding scale for services to help clients who are struggling financially.

After starting individual therapy, can my partner join me?
 
What if I need medication?

You and your therapist will discuss this. If medication is an appropriate form of treatment, you will be referred to one of the psychiatric nurse practitioners on our staff for further evaluation.

Do you take insurance?

Yes. We accept most major insurance. There are some limitations, so call our staff to check. For publicly funded insurance, here are some frequently asked questions.