IS COUNSELING REALLY CONFIDENTIAL?
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Is Counseling Really Confidential? Yes, confidentiality is the most important component between a client and counselor. Successful counseling requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is not discussed anywhere else. Every counselor should provide a written copy of their confidentiality agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. At some point in time, you may want your counselor to give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, or your Attorney), this is called “Informed Consent”, but by law your counselor cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
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What about Counseling Vs. Medication?
It has been well established that long-term solutions to mental or emotional problems, as well as the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptoms, counseling addresses the causes of your distress, together with the actions that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medications and counseling is needed.
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