Wellspring Counseling Services, Inc

Why do I need therapy and how does it help?
The amount of benefits offered in receiving therapy are countless. Therapists are there to provide support and encouragement, invest in an individual and hear their concerns, and offer problem-solving and solution-based therapies that will aide an individual for future success. Wellspring Counseling Services deals with many life-altering issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm and body image issues, relationship therapy, unresolved issues of the past, grief counseling, stress and anger management, self-growth and development, marriage concerns, family problems, financial strains, or simply someone who can provide a listening ear and valuable advice.

A valued therapist can provide a renewed approach when dealing with a certain issue or concern. Our respected therapists are there to provide their clients with direction and focus to help each individual to reach his/her desired growth and potential in life.

The outcome of therapy depends solely on the individual and whether or not he or she uses the process and practices in his/her daily life. It is tough to gain a new prospective or deal with tough circumstances from the past; however, our dedicated staff is devoted to helping each client reach his maximum potential. 

Do I really need therapy? How do I know?  
Everyone could benefit from therapy at least once in their lives. Think about it: how often do you wish you could seek out expert advice on a problem that has been eating away at you? Do you ever wish that a certain behavior would magically disappear? Is a particular relationship you have with a loved one in distress? We all can relate to challenging and painful situations that occur in life, but what matters most is how one deals with these life-altering issues. Seeking expert support is the first step to getting back to the person you truly are and strive to be.  The fact that you’re contemplating therapy is a huge step in the right direction! Therapy allows for individuals to deal with the root of an issue or cause for concern so that you may overcome these troubles and live a successful and meaningful life.

Why does someone choose therapy? How does it help?

 There are various reasons why an individual is motivated to seek professional help. Many transitions and development stages in life are demanding and oftentimes frustrating. These stressful situations are hard for one to deal with on their own. You may be experiencing depression, low self-morale, or anxiety that you wish to overcome. Some people need therapy because of an issue at home, such as marriage issues or relationship strains. Therapy provides an objective professional to be able to help you work out your issues so that you can learn how to properly deal with these distresses when they arise.  Those who are ready to seek therapy are at a point in their lives where they wish to fix whatever needs mended, or maybe they just need guidance and redirection in their life. 
What's therapy like?
Just like no two people are the same, no two therapy sessions will be alike. Individuals seek out therapy for a multitude of reasons. Each person has a different goal or issue that they need to adjust in their life, so therapy is different for each client. In most cases, you can expect for your therapist to ask you questions about your current situation, discuss what is presently happening in your life, and the history of your past that is related to your issue. It is imperative to note that each client should be honest and transparent with their therapist so that you can get better results and receive a modified resolution to your problem. 
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  
Issues can stem from situational occurrences or biological (chemical imbalances) which really is a disorder of the brain functioning.  Medication will give the leverage you need to help you stabilize your moods or thoughts.  The REAL WORK really comes from YOU.  Psychotherapy is used in conjunction with medication only when it is needed.  There are many times where once the root of the problem is removed and the issue is worked through then there is relief from the symptoms nd you can return to a healthy and happy you!
Do you take my insurance?
Please consult with your insurance provider to see if mental health coverage is provided through your carrier. Please check your coverage carefully because all insurance providers work differently. Questions to ask may be, “What are my benefits that are included in my health plan?” “How much will you cover per session?” “How many sessions does this plan cover?” “Will I need a referral from my primary care doctor?” For any questions related to insurance, please call our Admissions Department at (240) 203-8784.

Will my sessions remain confidential?
Yes, without doubt. Confidentiality is one of the most important essentials in the relationship between the client and therapist. In order for therapy to be successful, there must be a pronounced degree of respect and trust between the client and professional. When you arrive at your therapy session, you will receive a confidential disclosure agreement that you will be required to sign stating that everything discussed within each session remain private and trusted. The only exception to this rule is mandated by state law if the client is suspected of past or present child or elder abuse, or if the therapist has legitimate reasons to believe that his/her client is seriously in harm’s way to either himself or another individual. 
Will my therapist provide me with medication?

No, only a psychiatrist or your doctor can prescribe medication. Most problems can be solved without medication. However, some problems include a medical component and medication is a valuable resource. During the counseling process we can help you determine whether or not medication is indicated. If it is, we can refer you to a psychiatrist and collaborate with him or her in order to coordinate your care.

What is the difference between an LCSW-C/LG(PC,SW)/LCPC, Psychiatrist and Psychologist?

 LCSW stands for Licensed Certified Social Worker and an LCSW-C stands for Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical. An LCSW has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate program. Per socialworklicensure.org for Maryland states "After a period of successful work experience under supervision, an LGSW can become either a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C). It doesn’t necessarily take longer to get the clinical designation, but there are more conditions about what constitutes appropriate education and supervised work experience. The examination requirements are also different for each license".

LGPC stands for a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and has earned an accredited Master’s degree in Counseling but need to complete a post graduate internship (supervised working experience) before meeting criteria for an unencumbered license.  LCPC stands for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling from an accredited university program and has successfully completed all requirements of supervised experience and now can practice on their own.

A Psychologist is a person  who has a PhD or a PsyD degree and can provide psychotherapy/counseling and usually does psychological testing.

Psychiatrist are medical doctors who area of specialization is mental health.  Only psychiatrist can prescribe medication besides any other medical doctor. Psychiatrist can perform psychotherapy but usually focus on medication management.

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