We recommend that you read this section in conjunction with filling out the Prospective Client online form.

How soon can I get started in counseling?

You can generally begin your counseling sessions within two weeks after completing the initial registration and consultation process. During the consultation, we will work to match you with a counselor who best meets your specific needs and preferences. It’s important to note that more experienced counselors often have higher demand, which might extend the wait time. When selecting a counselor, you may need to consider several factors, including the expertise of the counselor, availability, cost, and insurance coverage. We are committed to helping you find the right balance so that you can start your journey to personal growth as smoothly and quickly as possible. If you require urgent support, please inform us, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs sooner.

How long will I need to continue in counseling?

The duration of counseling varies depending on several factors. Firstly, the nature and complexity of the issues you wish to address play a significant role. For instance, long-standing issues such as addiction may require more time to manage compared to learning new skills like parenting techniques. Secondly, your engagement and proactive efforts between sessions can influence the pace of progress. Clients who actively apply what they learn and come prepared to discuss their experiences often see quicker results. Lastly, the type of change you are seeking affects the duration. While gaining insights into your challenges can occur relatively quickly, making substantial changes in behavior, emotions, thought patterns, or personality typically takes longer. Each client’s journey is unique, and counseling may evolve to reflect multiple levels of change.

How often will I come to counseling?

Clients typically attend counseling sessions either weekly or bi-weekly. Regular attendance has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of counseling. In certain situations, such as during a crisis or severe loss, sessions may be scheduled twice a week. Conversely, for issues that are more consultative in nature, sessions may be less frequent and scheduled on an as-needed basis..

How much does counseling cost? 

The cost of counseling is influenced by the counselor’s level of training and experience. It is advisable to compare the rates, experience, and qualifications of different counselors to find the best fit for your needs and budget. Generally, higher qualifications and more experience may lead to higher fees. However, not all situations require the most expensive expertise. At River Ridge Counseling Offices, we offer a diverse team of professionals with varying levels of training and experience. Our current session rates range from $125 to $275, allowing you to choose an option that aligns with your financial considerations and therapeutic requirements.

Does my counselor talk to other people about me

Your conversations with your counselor are confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent. Exceptions include cases involving potential child or elder abuse, or if there is a threat of harm to yourself or others. In such situations, your counselor may need to involve appropriate authorities to ensure safety. 

You may also authorize your counselor to share specific information with other professionals assisting you, such as a doctor or pastor. This will only be done with your explicit permission, and you’ll discuss the details of what can be shared, why, and for how long.

For quality control, counselors sometimes consult with peers or supervisors about their cases, but this is done anonymously, with no identifying details shared. If you have any concerns about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with your counselor at the start of your treatment.