Counseling Facts

IS COUNSELING THERAPY REALLY CONFIDENTIAL?

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Is Counseling Therapy 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.

State Law & Professional Ethics:

The Texas State Board of Professional Counselors requires counselors/therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the abuse of children, the elderly, or if the client is in danger of harming himself/herself or another.
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What about Counseling Therapy 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 therapy 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 therapy is needed.
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