Your Questions Answered
Welcome to Blueprint Counseling Solutions. Here you'll find a series of commonly asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please feel free to send an email and we will respond within two (2) business days.
Is Counseling/ Therapy right for me?
Therapy is for everyone! As humans, we are consistently evolving, growth doesn't only represent the physical ----it means growth mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As individuals, we aspire to the best of the best. Change requires the ability to have the awareness to recognize challenges, be proactive and the courage to grow to your maximum potential. If you broke your leg, you would go to the doctor, get a cast, take it easy for 3-4 months, and then attend 6- 10 weeks of physical therapy. All of these are necessary steps to heal and become stronger than before. Your mind is equally, if not more important. Protect it.
What’s the difference between life coaching and psychotherapy?
Often times Life Coaches and Psychotherapists are grouped together, creating an illusion that they provide the same services. While they both seek to accomplish goals, they are vastly different in treatment approaches. First, coaching can be provided by any professional and does not require advanced or specialized training in the fields of psychology, sociology, advocacy, wellness, etc. In order to provide therapy, you must possess a Masters degree in a behavioral science field, such as Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, or Psychology. In addition to being recognized as a therapist (clinician), one must complete an extensive internship obtaining a minimum of 3,000 combined clinical hours, documentation, clinical training, and clinical supervision; pass a California state Law and Ethics exam and a Clinical exam. Finally, therapists must complete a standard amount of continuing education credits every 2- 5 years and many seek advanced specialized verifications and trainings in different modalities and targeted populations.
What areas of my life can we address in therapy?
Blueprint Counseling Solutions can assist you making changes in your life surrounding a variety of areas and concerns to include, but not limited to: education/ career decisions; premarital/ marital relationships; significant life transitions (parenting, separation/ divorce, faith), workplace conflict, immigration challenges, child welfare, probation, foster care, codependency, unhealthy boundaries, lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, parent-child interactions, substance use, trauma, etc.
Therapy helps you to strengthen areas within your life domain, while managing items that prevent you from meeting your own personal goals. A mental diagnosis is merely a name for a group of symptoms. Therefore, symptoms can be alleviated.
How often do I have to attend?
Participating in therapy/ coaching services is your choice. As a clinical professional, I recommend beginning therapy weekly. In your first evaluation session, we will develop goals (Blueprint Plan) that you choose to work towards in Client & Family Voice and Choice. My primary goal is to support you in reaching your goals quickly, safely, and efficiently.
Do you offer services outside of therapy?
Blueprint Counseling provides the following services:
Individual, Family & Couples therapy
BCS does not provide:
Custody Disputes or Recommendations
How would you describe your therapy style?
The most important factor to my therapeutic approach is respecting my clients as the expert of their life. I am not the expert of your life; You are! There are 52 weeks in one year. Even if I saw you every week for the whole year (52 hours) that doesn’t even add up to 3 full days of your daily life. I merely see your life through different lenses and help you see the things that aren’t recognizable through your current vision.
Therapy is expensive! I have more important things to spend money on.
Therapy is an investment. We invest in clothes, electronics, cars, education, and houses, but nothing is more valuable than your mind and happiness. Remember these things aren’t worth it, if you are not in the right mind to enjoy them.