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Northern Star Counseling, LLC

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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

 

What if I feel like I am going to hurt myself or someone else?
How do I pay for my sessions?
What if DFS is paying for my treatment?
How long does therapy take?
Can a therapist give medications?
What if you can't help me?
How do you diagnose me?
What if I don't like therapy?
Is it really confidential?

 

 

What If I feel like I am going to hurt myself or someone else?

This is an emergency situation and you should seek immediate attention by going to the emergency room or calling 911 for assistance.

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How do I pay for my sessions?

Northern Star accepts many means of payment including Medicaid, Kid Care CHIP, cash, credit or debit card, and private insurance.

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What if the Department of Family Services is paying for my treatment?

Please let us know immediately when you contact us. People that we help in conjunction with DFS require some additional releases and paperwork to make sure that you are meeting the requirements of that Agency and to ensure that they will pay for your treatment with us.

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How long does therapy take?

How long you are in therapy depends on you and your individual needs. Some people come into therapy for only a short while to help them manage more acute issues while others need much longer term assistance to manage longer term problems. The frequency and length of your visits will be tailored to fit your wellness goals as well as to work with your schedule.

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Can a therapist give medication?

No. A therapist is not a medical doctor who provides medication. We do, however, have relationships with Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners who can help work medications into your treatment plan.

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What if you can't help me?

Northern Star Counseling staff do not believe that we can be the single resource for every need. Instead we maintain relationships with other providers in our community who can help you with specialized issues that fall outside of the areas where we can do our very best for you.

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How do you diagnose me?

In addition to the time we spend with you, we have relationships with psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals who can work with you in completing assessments to give you insight into your mental health and to help us work together in charting the best possible path for your treatment. All mental health professionals use a professional resource called the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) to assist in making a diagnosis. This manual is revised over time to reflect new and updated information. It is important that your mental health professional use the most recent version.

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What if I don't like therapy?

Most clients, at one point or another, do not like therapy. Growth and change can be difficult even when it is positive. Therapy can often bring up feelings associated with past traumatic events, difficult relationships or painful experiences. Sometimes, discomfort is a part of the process and does not mean that therapy isn't working. It is important to discuss these feelings with your therapist so that you can receive additional support from them during these times.

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Is it really confidential?

Mostly yes.  The conversations you have with your therapist are confidential.  We cannot disclose what you tell us except under very specific circumstances.  We are required by law to report child abuse and neglect as well as threats to harm yourself or others.  It is also possible that we could be called to court and required to testify.

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