“Healing occurs in the present, not the past. We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past but the love we are not extending in the present.”

When should you seek counseling?

From childhood through late adulthood, there are certain times when we may need help addressing problems and issues that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed. When you are experiencing these types of difficulties, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced, trained professional. Professional counselors offer the caring, expert assistance that we often need during these stressful times. A counselor can help you identify your problems and assist you in finding the best ways to cope with the situation by changing behaviors that contribute to the problem or by finding constructive ways to deal with a situation that is beyond your personal control.

Many difficult issues we face in life are part of normal development. Sometimes it’s helpful to recognize what you’re going through is quite normal.

What is professional counseling?

Professional counselors work with individuals, families, groups and organizations. Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. Through counseling you examine the behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are causing difficulties in your life. You learn effective ways to deal with your problems by building upon personal strengths. A professional counselor will encourage your personal growth and development in ways that foster your interest and welfare.

Who are professional counselors?

Professional counselors have a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field which included an internship and coursework in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas. Your therapist at Aspire Counseling Services is Nicole Konen, M.Ed., Ed.S, Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Licensed professional counselors provide quality mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree is in Child Development Family Relations, Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services, and a Specialist’s degree in School Psychology. She is licensed in the state of Idaho as a Professional Counselor.

Over 80,000 professional counselors are licensed in 48 states as well as the District of Columbia. State licensure typically requires a master’s or doctoral degree, two to three years of supervised clinical experience, and the passage of an examination. In states without licensure or certification laws, professional counselors are certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Participation in continuing education is required for the renewal of a license or certification.

Professional counselors adhere to a code of ethics that protects the confidentiality of the counseling relationship; prohibits discrimination and requires understanding of and respect for diverse cultural backgrounds; and mandates that professional counselors put the needs and welfare of clients before all others in their practice.

Will my health insurance cover counseling?

Many insurance and coverage plans cover mental health services by a licensed professional counselor. If you do not have health insurance, or if your coverage does not include mental health care or the services of a professional counselor, Aspire Counseling Services, LLC offers a payment plan. Talk to your counselor about your options before ruling out counseling due to cost.

How much does counseling cost?

Initial consult session:  125

Individual 45-60 minute sessions: $125

Phone sessions: $125

Couple sessions: $145

Family counseling sessions: $145

Group sessions: to be determined based on group

How long does counseling take?

Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that you pursued counseling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. However, some insurance companies and managed care plans may limit the number of sessions for which they pay. You should check with your health plan to find out more about any limitations in your coverage. During the first few counseling sessions I will discuss the length of treatment that may be needed to achieve your goals. Although length of therapy is completely individually-based, typically clients who seek counseling through Aspire Counseling Services, LLC undergo an average of 8-10 weeks of therapy; clients with deeper underlying issues may span into 6-12 months’ worth of therapy.

Is everything I say confidential?

All members of the American Counseling Association subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which require counselors to protect the confidentiality of their communications with clients. Most state licensure laws also protect client confidentiality. As a client, you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. Any disclosure will be made with your full written, informed consent and will be limited to a specific period of time. The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a counselor feels that there is clear and imminent danger to you or to others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be disclosed such as a court case. Whenever possible, you will be informed before confidential information is revealed.

Can I do distance teletherapy sessions?

Phone sessions are available to individuals who prefer counseling over the phone. In addition, if you live out of the Palouse, Moscow-Pullman area, this is a convenient option.