Wiconi Counseling Center
* Wiconi: Lakota word meaning "Life"

FAQ

Commonly Asked Questions

What is therapy?

Therapy is the process between you and a professionally trained therapist which helps you reach personal growth and to aid you in coping and managing stress. Stress can be any emotional distress ranging from depression and anxiety to grief and loss or any life changes. Therapy can help you create the life you value and can assist you in dealing with challenges.

what can i expect at my first visit?

You will have completed forms online prior to your first visit. These will help the therapist understand a bit more about you and what you might want from therapy. During your first session, you will meet with your therapist who will ask questions to clarify your situation as well as your history. This will be a chance for the therapist to discuss treatment options and for you to clarify what you expect from your therapeutic experience. We will make every effort to ensure you have the best available care. 

how long will i have to be in therapy?

The length of treatment cannot be estimated without first meeting with you. The length of treatment will depend on factors unique to you and to your situation. You are a vital member of constructing your treatment plan as well as making sure you are sensing some benefit from our sessions. This will work better for you when you make consistent appointments and actively participate in the process. Some clients feel that weekly sessions best for them while others find two sessions a week most helpful. We will work with you in determining your best fit. In general, you will know therapy has been beneficial when you begin to notice more energy, clarity, and confidence in your life.

what makes therapy successful?

You do! Success in therapy is in your hands. We invite you to take this step seriously and invest in the work you will be doing. Here are some ideas to help make this a good experience.

  • Make sure between sessions you apply the principles discussed.
  • Enlist family and friends to support your process.
  • Keep a journal, writing about your progress, your awareness, and what you want to discuss with your therapist.
  • Take care of yourself, doing something you see as "self care" every day.
  • Allow yourself to feel without judgement.
  • Be patient with your learning.

how will i know which therapist is best for me?

One of the most important pieces in knowing if the therapist is right for you is your gut. The right therapist for you will feel like "a fit".  Further, do you like them? Do you feel comfortable with them?  As far as signs about the therapist, a good therapist will help you feel heard and won't lead you to feel judged. Ultimately, you will know which therapist is best for you. You are encouraged to discuss any kind of discomfort with your therapist and to have a conversation about terminating your services if you feel this is in your best interest. 

what is an lgbtq affirmative therapist?

Affirmative therapy is a form of therapy for those who may experience gay and lesbian feelings. Affirmative therapy focuses on client comfort in working towards authenticity and self-acceptance regarding their orientation and does not attempt to "change" them to heterosexual or to "eliminate or diminish" same-sex "desires and behaviors". 

Does lgbtq affirmative therapy interfere with my or my family's religious belief system?

For some clients, acting on those attractions may not be a fulfilling solution as it may conflict with their religious beliefs. We approach such a situation by neither rejecting nor promoting celibacy. The client's right to self-determination is of greatest importance in this environment and we do not feel that influencing a client one way or another is in their best interest. We honor the client's belief systems and own processes. 

Will my information be shared?

We are committed to your privacy. There are very few instances where your information could be shared, and these are due to a legal obligation therapists are expected to comply with. This would occur if you are an imminent danger to yourself or others or in the instance wherein your therapist becomes aware of an intention to commit a crime. 

There are times when therapists will consult with other qualified therapists regarding best practices. This is done to ensure your needs are met in the best possible manner. While this does not occur with every client, the professionals consulted follow the same obligation to maintain your privacy. 

How can i pay for my session?

We do work with some insurance companies. You can call to make sure yours is accepted at our office. We also accept cash, check, all major credit cards, and clergy payments. Payment is due at start of your session. 

Missed sessions without notice will be billed the full session amount. Sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged $40. We are happy to reschedule your appointments as needed and ask for at least 24 hours notice. We'd like to offer those on our waiting list enough time to plan on taking a cancelled time slot. 

can i get an appointment reminder?

We do have automated reminders available through text, email, or a phone call. You will receive this reminder 24-hours prior to your appointment.

What are the best resources for suicide prevention?

While there are many places to turn to online for information and support, the following are worthwhile places to start. 

Locally, the crisis line for Davis County is through Davis Behavioral Health and that number is 801-773-7060.
State wide, the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute runs a crisis line and that number is 801-587-3000.
Nationally, Lifeline is a great resource and their crisis line is 800-273-8255

There are web sites available as well with great information. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are good places to find resources and education as well as ways you can contribute.