What do the initials “LPC and “RPT” mean?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Both of these designations insure that you will be seeing a professional who is highly trained and held accountable to the highest governing bodies in his field of practice. To become an LPC, I first had to earn my undergraduate degree as well as a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. My education included formal instruction as well as a practicum and internship. Next I was required to pass a national examination proving proficiency in my field. I then began work as a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) whereby I was practicing under supervision for 3,000 hours. After taking my Jurisprudence examination which proved my understanding of law and ethical procedures in counseling, I submitted my experience to the state licensing board who, after reviewing my credentials approved me as a fully licensed professional. As a certified/registered play therapist (RPT) I first had to have the credentials of an LPC before completing 150 hours of direct training in the field of play therapy. I was also given direct and group supervision in order to insure complete understanding of all material provided during his training.
Will my sessions remain confidential?
Trust is of infinite importance in counseling. Violations of trust within relationships are often what initiate the desire to seek counseling in the first place. I understand this and respect your right to privacy at all costs. In counseling practice, there are times when it is learned that safety may be an issue to the client or someone else. In cases like this, a counselor is legally obligated to break confidentiality. This is a matter which is handled delicately, and when possible, I will work hand in hand with you to address the situation and minimize any concerns that may arise from the disclosure. Please note that I will not require you to give specific information regarding any particular concern at any time. If you elect to keep information private, you may speak in generalities to avoid the concern of me having to report anything disclosed in a session.
What if I am NOT a Christian? Is Christian counseling still for me?
Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, Christian counseling can be extremely beneficial. Christ’s message to believers and non-believers is the same: there is hope.
Those who knew Jesus Christ personally learned from His life how to cope with the same hurts and struggles we deal with today. He shared a timelessly beautiful message to mankind—especially to the hurting—regardless of their circumstances past or present. Christ’s only interest was their heart at that very time and place.
At Triumph Christian Counseling, I am guided by Biblical values, but there will never be any pressure to accept a particular statement of faith as your own. I encourage people of all faiths to seek guidance from me here at Triumph Christian Counseling. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact me before making an appointment.
How many sessions does it usually take before I no longer require counseling?
This is a question that is often asked, and the answer is always the same. It’s up to you. Whatever your course of treatment is, you are in control of that treatment and have the freedom to decide when it begins and ends. When you’re ready, I will guide you in that decision based on my wisdom, experience and the successes and obstacles I have witnessed during your treatment.
Though the timing is different for everyone, there are general guidelines for what you can expect. After your initial session, it is often suggested to attend more often at first (every 7-9 days) in order to achieve the most successful results. Later, you can expect to reduce your sessions from every other week, to once a month, and finally on an as-needed basis. I practice by the motto, “My job is to put myself out of a job…but not without getting the job done!” My heart is to see you experience Triumph over your greatest challenges.
I’ve decided I want to make an appointment. What should I do next?
First, congratulations! You are taking a leap that may change your life. I understand that this is a big step, and I strive to make the process as stress free as possible. CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment online. You will be guided to create a simple client profile which will enable you to schedule appointments anytime/anywhere online. First-time appointments are offered Monday-Wednesday, and evening hours are available as late as 7 p.m. After the initial session, clients will be able to make appointments in advance to help stabilize their schedule while in the counseling process.
If you do not wish to use our online services, you can also feel free to call me at the office at 573-355-5735. If you are directed to voicemail, please leave a message. Your message is completely confidential and important to me, so we will return your call as soon as possible. Please remember to download and fill out the form on the SCHEDULE page of our website and bring it with you to your first session.
Canceling an Appointment
If you would like to cancel an appointment, you can easily do so online or by calling me at the office at 573-355-5735. Please do so at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. We’ll work together to find a time that works better for you.
insurance and payment
Triumph Christian Counseling is a private pay practice with some exceptions. I will be an out-of-network provider for many insurance plans and if you would like me to file insurance on your behalf, please bring a copy of your insurance card to your first appointment. Acceptable payment methods are credit/debit, HSA accounts, cash or check.
What can I expect from my first visit?
My goal is to make your experience as warm and welcoming as possible. After arriving, please be seated in the main entrance waiting room if I am with another client. I’ll be with you shortly. If you did not complete a patient profile online or did not bring printed forms, feel free to pick up a packet on the hanging file next to my office door. After I have invited you in, expect to be greeted with fresh coffee, bottled water and a snack, if you’d like. After your first appointment, you’ll know where these are and are welcome to help yourself at anytime. Some clients even keep their own cups at the office!
After getting settled in, If will briefly discuss payment/insurance options and then move directly into the session. During this introductory time, my first priority is to understand more about the challenges and symptoms you’re facing. By the conclusion of the session, it’s my hope that you will feel truly heard and validated. I will also discuss a suggested plan of action. I’ll do my best to address any questions or concerns you may have, no matter how small, to help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Life can be challenging, painful and unexpected, but I'm proud of you for reaching out — and would be honored to begin walking this journey with you.