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Tapestry Psychological Associates FAQs

How do I know if I would benefit from counseling or therapy?

If you are struggling with emotional difficulties which you cannot seem to resolve on your own...

  • You feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness, and your problems do not seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
  • You find it difficult to carry out everyday activities: for example, you are unable to concentrate on assignments at work or at school; your job performance or academic achievement is suffering as a result.
  • You feel tense much of the time, worry excessively, expect the worst, or are constantly on edge.
  • You compulsively participate in activities which are harmful to yourself, others or relationships: alcohol/drugs, pornography and masturbation, inappropriate sexual activity, excessive risk-taking, over-eating, over-spending, physical or verbal aggression

If you are struggling with relational or family difficulties which seem to be spiraling in a negative direction...

  • criticism or contempt are commonly present during disagreements or arguments
  • You feel unable to resolve important disagreements or issues in your marriage
  • Seemingly small disagreements quickly escalate into explosive fights with your spouse
  • Your marriage is marked by emotional distance and/or limited time together
  • Sex with your spouse has become infrequent
  • Your relationship with your child is marked by more conflictual interactions than collaborative interactions
  • You feel unable to get through to your child or discipline them effectively
  • Your child is acting out at home or at school in a destructive or dangerous manner
  • Your child's academic, social or personal behavior is consistently and markedly below what their potential appears to be

If you feel you have reached a plateau in your emotional, spiritual, marital or familial growth and feel the need for a "tune-up" or "jump start".

How does counseling or therapy work?

Counseling or "talk therapy" could be thought of as simply having a meaningful or purposeful conversation. Although there are many theories as to why counseling/therapy have been demonstrated to be an effective means for facilitating change or resolving emotional/interpersonal difficulties, three facets of counseling are key: 1) providing an emotionally safe and accepting context in which you can more honestly and openly reflect on yourself, your circumstances and Truth, 2) facilitating a new understanding of yourself, your circumstances and your relationships (with God and with others), and 3) offering a purposeful relational experience in which new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving can be "tried on for size".

Are my conversations with a counselor/therapist confidential?

Yes. Information shared in a professional counseling setting is considered privileged and confidential. The professionals at Tapestry hold to the highest standards of professional ethics in regards to confidentiality. Any information which you entrust to a therapist or examiner will be held in confidence according to the ethics, rules and laws of those bodies governing our profession. Our therapists and office staff understand the sensitive nature of your situation and work hard to insure that your privacy is respected. We understand that sharing about your personal and family struggles is very difficult and we desire to provide you a context in which you can feel safe in doing so (see below for exceptions).

Are there any situations in which information which I disclose in counseling might not be held confidential?

According to those rules and laws governing mental health professionals in the State of Georgia, there are some instances in which your therapist may be obligated to disclose information you share in order to protect you and/or other persons. More specifically, your counselor may be required to break confidence and file a report or take protective actions should you disclose something to them which leads them to conclude that a) you are at imminent risk for harming yourself, b) you are at imminent risk for harming another person or c) a child or elder has suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

How many sessions do I need?

Because each case is different, it is difficult to predict how many sessions of counseling may be needed to help you reach your goals. Research on the use of counseling as a means for facilitating emotional and relational change suggests that the most benefit is generally derived between 8 and 26 sessions.

How long will I have to wait to see a therapist for a first appointment?

Generally your appointment will be within a week or two of your initial call. However, a therapist's schedule may vary from time-to-time and, accordingly, the time required to wait for an appointment may vary as well.

How I often will I meet with my therapist?

In most situations, weekly sessions are recommended. However, there are certain situations where more or less frequent sessions are needed or appropriate.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

Except in the case of a medical emergency or illness, you must notify your counselor 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time. Failure to do so will result in your being charged in full for the session.

Are any of the professionals at Tapestry Psychological Associates able to prescribe medications?

No. Medications may only be prescribed by an MD and Tapestry does not currently have a psychiatrist on staff. However, your therapist would be glad to give you a referral to a psychiatrist and/or help you determine whether your situation may require a psychiatric evaluation.

What questions should I ask when looking for a therapist?

  • Are you state-licensed as a psychologist, professional counselor or social worker?
  • What type of education have you received and where did you receive it?
  • How much experience have you had?
  • What are your primary areas of expertise?
  • How much experience have you had in treating my area of concern?
  • Have you received special training for treating my area of concern?
  • How do or don't you integrate matters of faith and spirituality into your therapy?

What is Christian Counseling?

Christian counseling at Tapestry involves the integration of Biblical values, truths and principles with the theory, research and techniques offered by the field of psychology. Psychological research and theory are evaluated, understood and held in check by the scriptures. Christian counseling offers a unique approach to personal, emotional and relational difficulties where both spiritual growth and the resolution of presenting difficulties are pursued.

Are all of the therapists at Tapestry Christians?

At Tapestry, all of the therapists, as well as the support staff, acknowledge a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

Do I have to be a Christian to seek therapy at Tapestry?

Tapestry's services are available to anyone regardless of their faith. Although we are a faith-based organization, our therapists strive to respectfully meet people where they are at in life. Our therapists are trained to honor your beliefs while providing a quality professional service.

Will the Christian values of an examiner influence the conclusions or recommendations of a psychological evaluation?

No. Psychological evaluations are designed for the purpose of assessing questions of psychological functioning according to the categories and standards recognized by the field of psychology and the American Psychological Association. Testing is accomplished using established psychological measures; evaluation results and recommendations are based strictly upon psychological data, research and theory.

How do I refer someone to Tapestry Psychological Associates?

Tapestry's services are available to everyone. Simply tell them we're here to help, give them our phone number, or refer them to our website. If you are concerned about someone, please call 770 425-8275 and we will be happy to assist you.