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Karen Osborne-Rowland
828 -768-5440
2 South Main St.
Weaverville, NC 28787
karen@osbornetherapy.com
COMMON QUESTIONS
828-768-5440
karen@osbornetherapy.com
 
How can therapy help?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, and body image issues. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. Participation in therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new, more effective ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family relationships
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to your individual and specific goals. Typically we will discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life, and we'll explore your sense of how your past relates to what is happening now.  I will offer empathic support as well as challenges to current perspectives. Further, I will likely propose alternative perspectives for your consideration. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty-five minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and to attempt to integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change, and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you and your family can expect out of therapy:
  • Compassion, respect, and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. I am  required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I am required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure his/her safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.