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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of things do people go to counseling for?

People come into counseling for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons may include feeling unhappy, anxious, stressed, confused, dissatisfied, angry or sad. Sometimes people come to counseling when they are going through or approaching a big life transition such as a divorce, death of a loved one, new job, job loss or change in a relationship. Some people have suffered trauma or have experienced something incredibly difficult that they or others don't understand. Some may be struggling with infertility, a miscarriage or with their role as a parent. Many people want to improve their communication with the people around them. Others struggle to make or maintain healthy friendships or romantic relationships. Some people may have health concerns or want to learn how to take better care of themselves. Some come into counseling because they are struggling with letting go and moving on, or because they want to learn how to set healthy boundaries. Others come in because they are facing a difficult decision or because they are unsure of what they want for their future. Some people come to counseling because they need an additional support system and encouragement. Other people come to counseling simply to learn more about themselves and gain additional insight into themselves and their choices.

All of these reasons and more are valid reasons why someone might decide to come into counseling.

Do you work with clients of all ages and backgrounds?

Yes. Blythe works with adolescents and adults of all ages, and Rachel works with children (5+), adolescents and adults. We work with people of all races and cultures, religions and sexual orientations. Everyone is welcome.

Is what I say completely confidential?

Yes. All client-counselor conversations are confidential. The fact that you are seeing a counselor at all is also entirely confidential. The only time confidentiality is broken is when abuse or intent to harm self or others is involved. For more questions about confidentiality or confidentiality as it relates to minors, please speak to Blythe or Rachel directly.

I have never attended counseling before. What can I expect at the first session?

Most people are nervous before their first counseling session. It's completely normal! For the first session, we ask that clients arrive about fifteen minutes early to fill out some brief paperwork. You can expect that your counselor will ask you about what concerns bring you into counseling. We will also ask you about your background and personal history. You can decide the level of depth of what you choose to share, while remembering that everything you share initially will help the counseling process as it progresses. The first one to two sessions will primarily consist of us trying to get to know you and your history the best we can before we move forward into counseling.

What additional services do you provide?

In additional to individual counseling (children through adulthood), couples counseling and family counseling, Smith and Associates offers visitation supervision, safe exchanges, and custody mediation. In some cases, the clinicians at Smith and Associates use a team approach to best meet your family's needs.

I am not sure who to call for, Blythe or Rachel?

Please feel free to read our bio pages on this website, including the lower portion of those pages that includes information about fees and insurances accepted. Our phone number goes to a voicemail system, and the person we believe will be the best match for you will be directed to call you back.