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Disclaimer: The person contemplating engagement in mental health counseling must understand that people have vastly different experiences in counseling. For many people, counseling can be an effective way to tackle difficult issues and move forward with their lives. For some people, the counseling process is less effective. Everyone who chooses to come to counseling should expect that the process we offer will be challenging and at times even emotionally painful. In our experience, you will get out of the process what you put into it – like so many things in life.
About Medications: We understand that the dominant treatment paradigm endorses the use of psychotropic medications to manage mental health symptoms and disorders. In our opinion, there exists significant evidence to suggest that the efficacy of psychotropic medications is overstated and the potentially deleterious side effects are vastly minimized. We will work with you and your prescriber (at your request, and upon your authorization) to conscientiously coordinate your care nonetheless.
A Note on Physical Activity: While much of our work with clients occurs in an office setting, some does not. Abundant current research has shown that physical exercise has significant positive impacts on emotional wellbeing – as good as or better than effects induced by use of psychotropic medications. Accordingly, some sessions will likely involve time spent out of doors, walking, hiking, or engaging in other light physical activity intended to stimulate holistic healing. We assume that clients are in good enough health to participate in these kinds of activities unless clients inform us of physical and/or constitutional limitations. Tell your counselor immediately if you are under the care of a physician for a serious medical health condition.