Clarksville Family Therapy 2535 Madison Street Suite D
Clarksville, TN 37043
Frequently Asked Questions
How long and how many times a week is a typical session?
Sessions are usually 60 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.
How long will I be in counseling?
The length of time a client is in counseling depends the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.
What if I want couples counseling, but my partner won't come?
Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for counseling. However, we often find that it is possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in counseling.
How much are your fees and do you take insurance?
Your fee depends on the kinds of services you request. We accept most major insurances including: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tricare, Humana, Medicare, TennCare, and most EAPs servicing this area.
Do I need to take medications?
As a counselors and therapists, we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or we can refer you to a psychiatrist.
Codes of Ethics We Follow Each of the professions represented at Clarksville Family Therapy follows a Code of Ethics. The intent of these codes is to establish standards of conduct, define professional expectations, and protect consumers. We strive to uphold the highest standards in these regards.
1. Counselor does not have sufficient and specific training to address your issues and/or attempts to treat problems outside the scope of the practice. 2. Therapist is not interested in the changes you want to make and your goals for therapy. 3. Counselor cannot or does not clearly define how he or she can help you to solve whatever issue or concern has brought you to therapy. 4. Therapist provides no explanation of how you will know when your therapy is complete. 5. Counselor does not seek consultation with other therapists. 6. Therapist makes guarantees and/or promises. 7. Therapist has unresolved complaints filed with their licensing board. 8. Therapist does not provide you with information about your rights as a client, confidentiality, office policies, and fees so you can fairly consent to your treatment. Note: The information provided to new clients by therapists differs by state and licensure requirements. 9. Counselor is judgmental or critical of your behavior, lifestyle, or problems. 10. Therapist “looks down” at you or treats you as inferior in subtle or not so subtle ways. 11. Counselor blames your family, friends, or partner. 12. Counselor encourages you to blame your family, friends, or partner. 13. Therapist knowingly or unknowingly gets his or her own psychological needs meet at the expense of focusing on you and your therapy. 14. Counselor tries to be your friend. 15. Therapist initiates touch (i.e., hugs) without your consent. 16. Counselor attempts to have a sexual or romantic relationship with you. 17. Therapist talks excessively about him- or herself and/or self-discloses often without any therapeutic purpose. 18. Counselor tries to enlist your help with something not related to your therapy. 19. Therapist discloses your identifying information without authorization or mandate. 20. Counselor tells you the identities of his or her other clients. 21. Therapist discloses that he or she has never been in his or her own therapy. 22. Counselor cannot accept feedback or admit mistakes. 23. Therapist focuses extensively on diagnosing without also helping you to change. 24. Counselor talks too much. 25. Therapist does not talk at all. 26. Counselor often speaks in complex “psychobabble” that leaves you confused. 27. Therapist focuses on thoughts and cognition at the exclusion of feelings and somatic experience. 28. Counselor focuses on feelings and somatic experience at the exclusion of thoughts, insight, and cognitive processing. 29. Therapist acts as if she or he has the answers or solutions to everything and spends time telling you how to best fix or change things. 30. Counselor tells you what to do, makes decisions for you, or gives frequent unsolicited advice. 31. Therapist encourages your dependency by allowing you to get your emotional needs meet from the therapist. Therapist “feeds you fish, rather than helping you to fish for yourself.” 32. Counselor tries to keep you in therapy against your will. 33. Therapist believes that only her or his counseling approach works and ridicules other approaches to therapy. 34. Therapist is contentious with you or frequently confrontational. 35. Counselor doesn’t remember your name and/or doesn’t remember your issues from one session to the next. 36. Therapist does not pay attention or demonstrate he or she is listening and understanding you. 37. Counselor answers the phone during your session. 38. Therapist is not sensitive to your culture or religion. 39. Counselor denies or ignores the importance of your spirituality. 40. Therapist tries to push spirituality or religion on to you. 41. Counselor does not empathize. 42. Therapist empathizes too much. 43. Counselor seems overwhelmed with your problems. 44. Therapist seems overly emotional, affected, or triggered by your feelings or issues. 45. Counselor pushes you into highly vulnerable feelings or memories. 46. Therapist avoids going near any emotional or vulnerable feelings. 47. Counselor does not ask your permission to use various psychotherapeutic techniques. 48. Therapist tries to get you to exert overt control over your impulses, compulsions, or addictions without helping you to appreciate and resolve the underlying causes. 49. Counselor prematurely and/or exclusively focuses on helping you to appreciate and resolve the underlying causes of an issue or compulsion when you would instead benefit more from learning coping skills to manage your impulses. 50. Your counselor habitually misses, cancels, or shows up late to appointments.