We have counselors with specialized training to work with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families.
2) How does counseling work?
People seek counseling for many different reasons: a crisis, a loss, a major life change, to sort things out to have a happier life, or to improve relationships. Counseling begins with an initial meeting with the therapist to gather information and history in order to develop a plan to meet each individual’s/family’s needs. Counseling may include individual, group and/or family sessions.
3) How long does it take?
Each session lasts typically up to 60 minutes. Your therapist will establish with you a regular schedule based on your specific need. A person may come to counseling once or twice or may choose to continue counseling until they have met their goals for life improvement. Always discuss this with your therapist.
4) How much does counseling cost?
Each individual session costs $110 which is collected at the time of service. Our groups are typically $45 per session. Some of our therapists accept insurance. If your therapist doesn’t, you are encouraged to see if you qualify to use our sliding scale discount.
All of your conversations with the counselor are completely confidential (except where mandated otherwise by law, as in the case of child abuse and/or elder abuse, or imminent danger to yourself or others).
7) Do you offer services to teenagers?
Yes. Teenagers are often helped by having individual sessions, participating in a group, or by family therapy.
8) Do you work with children 8-13?
Yes, but a parent or guardian must always be available during the session.
9) What kind of training does your staff have?
Each of our clinicians has either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling or psychology and is registered by the State of Vermont to practice counseling. Each of our clinicians have specialized advanced training in specific areas. Please review each counselor’s bio for more information regarding their specialized advanced training. Our interns are advanced students enrolled in a graduate program in counseling and are also under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
10) What is an NCC?
The term NCC stands for National Certified Counselor and means the therapist has passed the National Counseling Exam (NCE). The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
11) Do you have a Psychiatrist?
Yes. Dr. Gary Keller sees individuals working with an Azimuth therapist.
12) What is a Psychiatrist?
A Psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor (M.D.) who has had specialized postgraduate training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists are the only mental health professional licensed to prescribe medication. Board- certified psychiatrists have passed national oral and written examinations after completing a residency program in psychiatry.
13) What agency licenses Professional Counselors?
The practice of both licensed and unlicensed persons in the field of psychotherapy in Vermont is regulated by the Secretary of State office of Professional Regulations. See vtprofessionals.org for details.
14) What if I have to cancel my counseling session?
There is no charge for any session cancelled 24 or more hours prior to the scheduled time. However, sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the session fee of $110.
15) How do I start counseling?
Simply contact us and we will match you with a therapist that best meets your needs. Someone will contact you to discuss an appropriate schedule for your first appointment.
Other questions? Don't hesitate to give us a call!