1. What is counseling or psychotherapy?
Counseling or psychotherapy is a professional relationship that is different from a friendship or a traditional doctor-patient relationship. The psychotherapist does not give you advice. The client and therapist work together to clarify issues, explore feelings and to help the client to deal more effectively with their problems.
2. Why do people come to counseling?
People come for problems with family relationships, problems with friendships and problems with school or work. People also come to therapy when they have felt sad or anxious for a long period of time. Many people find that they can find a way to handle these complicated problems in therapy.
3. What can I expect from my first visit?
Before you arrive for your first visit you will receive an information packet. The packet includes forms that ask about your current situation and any past history that may be related to your current problems. During the first session your therapist will spend most of the time reviewing this information and explaining how therapy work so that you can decide whether you would like to continue with therapy.
4. What is the cost of therapy?
The IPS Center offers a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Please call our office at 703 418-2111 to discuss your fee.
5. How long are sessions?
A typical session is 50 minutes. Cognitive or personality assessments will take longer.
6. What if I need psychological testing?
The IPS Center offers a full range of cognitive and personality assessments. Please call our office for more information on pricing.
7. Do I have to be Catholic?
No. Our services are available to everyone, regardless of religious preference.