COUNSELING | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important 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 the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Yes, we accept most medical insurances, including Medi-Cal. We will bill your insurance directly and your insurance will send you an explanation of benefits. Any Co-payment is due at time of service.
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
FOSTER CARE | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It typically takes two to three months to become a certified foster parent.
Anyone over the age of 18 that lives in the home, must be fingerprinted.
The Certification process typically takes about 2 months to complete. It begins with contacting us and completing an application. The process includes:
- FBI, DOJ, and California Child Abuse Index clearances
- Physical health screenings
- Reference Letters
- A Home Study
- CPR & 1st aid training
- 12 hours of training centered around caring for Foster Children
- and more.
Once Certified, a foster parent is required to have 12 hours of training annually, which is either provided through Remi Vista, County Programs, taken online or in person at seminars and workshops.
Possibly, but it depends, so we suggest calling us to discuss your circumstances.
No. Your child or children may be place in school or at an approved child care center when you are at work
Respite care is short-term foster care that gives foster parents a break when needed. Respite care workers must be certified through our agency.
Community Care Licensing standards allow you to keep your firearms safely locked up and out of reach of children.
No, the state now allows for foster care to go to age 21 as long as the youth meet specific criteria.
Remi Vista will reimburse you for the cost of taking care of a foster youth at a rate specified by the State of California.
Yes you can! Any adult over the age of 21 may potentially qualify as a foster parent.
Foster youth have a wide variety of issues. Most common, foster youth suffer from attachment issues and often struggle to receive the love and care you offer them. They often struggle with communicating their needs in an appropriate manner. Since there are often emotional and behavioral issues, counseling or mental health services are readily available for the youth to grow and heal. Our staff is always here to support you and your children.
Yes, they are often reunited with their biological parents and foster parents play a vital role in the process as they often take kids to visits, help supervise them, give feedback on the visits and provide a safe, loving home for the kids to establish healthy relationships with their biological parents.
It may be possible to adopt a child you are caring for if there is no reunification plan in place and parental rights have been terminated. However the state’s goal is for the children to return to their biological home.
Usually sharing bedrooms depends on the age and sex of the child as well as if they are from the same family. This is looked at on a case-by-case basis.
As we complete our home study and certification process, your likes and desires will be taken into consideration. Each referral for placement is reviewed by our team to find the best match possible for your family and for the foster youth.
CCL regulations say that 6 is the maximum, but exceptions can be sought after when appropriate to do so.