Do I have to be Catholic to go to The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center?
No. Our services are available to people of all faiths and belief systems or none at all. We are committed to excellent mental health counseling free of bias or agenda.
What is counseling like?
Every counseling session is unique and addresses an individual’s, couple’s or family’s 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 themselves
• A therapist is ordered by a court of law.
What are your credentials?
Therapists are licensed Masters-level clinicians, as well as pre-licensed registered interns and student interns still doing coursework. All interns are supervised by senior clinicians at the center.
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:
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?
Yes. Often that is preferred. If your spouse feels uncomfortable seeing the therapist you are currently seeing, then you can be transferred to someone else.
What if I need medication?
You and your therapist will discuss this. If medication is an appropriate form of treatment, you and your therapist will work to find a prescriber for further evaluation.