Preface is our introduction to counseling workshop / class designed to…
- Introduce members to the process of counseling here at Assurance
- Include information about counseling and therapy – helping to more quickly begin your therapeutic journey
- Help members better understand why they want counseling and how counseling can be helpful for them personally
All members who are interested in counseling are required to go through Preface prior to scheduling an individual session with one of our mental health counselors. Each Preface class consists of 2, 50-minute sessions.
**The following DISCLAIMER is here to help protect both you (the member) and us (Assurance Healthcare): Preface is not counseling or therapy, nor does it imply that a therapeutic relationship has been established between yourself (the member) and us and/or our counselors (Assurance Healthcare & Counseling Center).
The following sessions currently have openings…
January Preface: 2-3pm, January 15th and 22nd (Tuesdays)
February Preface: 3:30-4:30pm, February 6th and 13th (Wednesdays)
March Preface: 12-1pm, March 7th and 14th (Thursdays)
April Preface: 3:30-4:30pm, April 8th and 15th (Mondays)
May Preface: 2-3pm, May 7th and 14th (Tuesdays)
Frequently Asked Questions…
What should I expect from Preface?
Preface is like an interactive class. You’re welcome to participate in the dialogue or you’re welcome to quietly take it all in.
I don’t want to be part of a group.
Preface is NOT group counseling. It’s a class or a workshop that is designed to help you get ready for therapy, if you choose to continue on to individual counseling after Preface.
What is the class about?
In our classes together, we will work on introducing you to the process of therapy. You can expect to leave with a better understanding of what is bringing you to therapy and perhaps some new ways in which you might understand yourself.
While many people will continue on to do individual counseling after Preface, some may feel that the tools and exercises introduced in the class may be helpful enough without continuing on to individual counseling.
My problems are really personal and I don’t want to talk to other people about myself.
Yes, your problems are personal and you are not required to share anything you’re not comfortable sharing. However, you might be surprised by how other people understand pieces of your experiences. It can be very encouraging when we connect with someone who “gets it.”
Do I have to attend Preface before booking an individual counseling session? Can’t I just be put on the wait list?
We have structured Preface to include much of what you would be going through during your initial counseling appointments, and we have found that by offering this material as a class helps to more quickly launch members into quality therapy.
We highly recommend and encourage you to attend Preface. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend this introductory class, then you may request be put on a wait list. However, we give priority to those who have attended Preface.
I have already been through therapy with another counselor, so I’m familiar with the therapy process. Do I still have to sign up for Preface?
Yes, we would still encourage you to sign up for Preface. While the idea of counseling should be the same between counselors, it is our experience that many counselors and their therapeutical process varies dramatically.
I want my spouse / child / parents / etc. to do counseling. Can I sign them up for Preface?
While we can work with many individuals and couples, we currently do not do any ‘externally mandated’ counseling. This means that any member is welcome, but they must come and attend Preface (and any other counseling) of their own accord (not because they are required by the court, a parent, a spouse, etc.).
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