Frequently Asked Questions—Answered

Q: What is the difference between a counselor and a therapist?

A: They can be used interchangeably.

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

A: If you are struggling with emotional difficulties which you may not be able to resolve on your own, or if you are struggling with relational or family difficulties which seem to be headed in a negative direction.

Emotional difficulties Tapestry can help with:

    • Overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness
    • Problems that do not get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends
    • Difficulty carrying out daily activities such as work and school, with an accompanying decline in performance
    • Compulsive participation in harmful activities such as alcohol, drugs, pornography, masturbation, inappropriate sexual activity, excessive risk-taking, lack of self control in eating or spending, psychical or verbal aggression

Relational and family difficulties Tapestry can help with:

    • Excessive criticism and contempt in disagreements and arguments
    • Inability to resolve important disagreements in your marriage
    • Escalation from small disagreements to explosive fights with your spouse
    • Emotional distance and/or limited time with your spouse
    • Infrequent sex with your spouse
    • More conflict than collaboration with your child
    • Inability to effectively discipline your child
    • Dangerous or destructive behavior from your child at home or school
    • Your child acts out at home or school in a destructive or dangerous manner
    • Your child's academic, social, or personal behavior is consistently and markedly below their apparent potential

Tapestry can also help if you feel that you have plateaued in your emotional, spiritual, marital, or familial growth and need a "tune-up" or "jump start."

Q: What questions should I ask when looking for a therapist?

A: Some questions include:

    • 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?
    • Have you relieved special training for treating my area of concern?
    • How much experience have you had in treating my area of concern?
    • How do you integrate matters of faith and spirituality into your therapy?

Q. How does counseling or therapy work?

A: Talk Therapy uses meaningful conversation in a safe context to facilitate learning foster new, helpful life patterns.

Counseling, or "Talk Therapy" could be thought of as simply having a meaningful or purposeful conversation. Although there are many theories as to why this has been demonstrated to be an effective way to facilitate change and resolve emotional and interpersonal difficulties, there are three goals of counseling that are especially key:

    • Providing an emotionally safe and accepting context in which you can more honestly and openly reflect on yourself, your circumstances, and Truth
    • Facilitating new understanding of yourself, your circumstances, and your relationships with God and with others A bit redundant with #1?
    • Offering a purposeful relational experience in which new way soy thinking, feeling, and behaving can be "tried on for size."

Q: What is Christian counseling?

A: 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. We evaluate all psychological method in the light of scriptures. As a result, Christian counseling offers unique approach to solving life difficulties by which spiritual growth and resolution of the difficulties are pursued.

Q: Are all of the therapists at Tapestry Christians?

A: Yes. All of our therapists and support staff acknowledge a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

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

A: No. Our services are available to anyone, regardless of their beliefs. Tapestry therapists strive to respectfully meet people where they are in life and honor their beliefs while providing a quality professional service.

Q: Will the Christian values of my therapist influence the conclusions or recommendations of a psychological evaluation?

A: 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.

Q: Are my conversations with a therapist confidential?

A: Yes, unless your therapist is obligated by law to disclose information for the protection of you or other persons.

Information shared in a professional counseling setting is considered privileged and confidential. Tapestry staff hold to the highest standards in regards to confidentiality according to the ethics, rules, and laws of our professional governing bodies. We understand the sensitive nature of your situation and understand that sharing about your personal and family struggles is difficult; we desire for you to feel safe when sharing.

According to the rules and laws governing mental health professionals in Georgia, there are some instances in which your therapist may be obligated to disclose information you share in order to protect you or other persons. In such a situation, your therapist would be required to break confidence by filing a report or take protective actions should you disclose something to them that leads them to conclude that you are at imminent risk for harming yourself, another person, or if a child or elder has suffered physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: Research suggests that between 8 and 26 sessions are typically of maximum benefit. However, because each situation is different, it is difficult to predict how many sessions may be needed to help you reach your goals.

Q: How often will I meet with my therapist?

A: Weekly sessions are recommended in most cases.

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

A: Your appointment will typically be within two weeks of your initial call. However, a therapist's schedule may occasionally require a longer wait for an appointment.

Q: Are any of the professionals at Tapestry able to prescribe medications?

A: No. Medications can only be prescribed by an MD and Tapestry does not currently have a psychiatrist on staff (we have a psychologist). However, your therapist can refer you to a psychiatrist who may help you.

Q: How do I refer someone to Tapestry?

A: 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.