If you would like to know more about Eagles Counseling services, please give me a call. You can also read and review the QA.  

1. Do I need to be a Christian to receive services at Eagles Counseling?  I don't want to see someone that will judge me and preach to me. 

No, you do not need to be a Christian to receive services at Eagles Counseling.  I do not force my beliefs on to others. I offer counseling in a safe and non-judgmental environment.  I do not preach or shame others. I will meet you where you are at.  I do offer prayer and guidance through the scriptures to those who request it.  However, I do recognize that Eagles Counseling may not be a good fit for everyone.    

2. I am a pastor of a church. I can pretty much do the same thing that you are doing. Why should I refer people to you?

Most pastors are do provide biblical counseling.  They help the members of their congregation cope with stress and major changes in their life. However, most pastors are not clinically trained to diagnose and to treat psychiatric illnesses.  Sometimes pastors do come across individuals that demonstrate some disturbing behaviors and time consuming needs.  Some pastors feel emotionally and physically drained by spending so much time trying to take care of the needs of others.  Some of the needs might be so time consuming that pastors that it can take the pastors' time away from other important tasks. It might be for the individual’s and pastor’s best interest to refer this individual to a professional.  However, many pastors feel uncomfortable referring their congregation to a professional counselor due to questionable secular interventions. They may feel that it is their responsiblity to do the counseling.  Eagles Counseling is a mental health provider that pastors can trust. Eagles Counseling avoids secular interventions that contradict biblical teachings.    

3. How long does it take for therapy to work?

It depends upon the nature of the problem. Individuals with a minor problem might only need a few sessions. Individuals with more significant problems will need to participate in therapy for at least a few months.  Individuals with severe psychiatric problems might need to be in therapy for years.

4. I previously used my insurance benefits to pay for therapy and I was never diagnosed. At Eagles Counseling, why do I need to have a diagnostic mental health evaluation in order to use my insurance benefits?

There are three different types of benefits that people use to pay for therapy, EAP, in-network, and out-of-network.  The EAP benefit does not require a diagnosis and it only pays for a few sessions.  Both in-network and out-of-network benefits require a mental health diagnosis in order to pay for the services.  The diagnosis demonstrates medical necessity to an insurance provider.  Insurance providers do require a mental health diagnosis in order to process the claim 

5. Are licensed professional counselors qualified to provide me with an official diagnosis? I was under the assumption that only a psychologist or psychiatrist can provide me with an official diagnosis.

In Pennsylvania, license therapists (LPC, LCSW, LMFT) are qualified to provide an official mental health diagnosis.  However, license therapists cannot prescribe medication. 

6. My former psychiatrist diagnosed me with depression five years ago? Do I still need to have a diagnostic mental health evaluation? Why? 

Yes, you will still need to have another diagnostic evaluation if you plan to utilize your insurance benefits.  When I provide an individual a diagnosis, I must have documentation to support why I came up with that diagnosis. I do not feel comfortable providing a diagnoisis without properly assessing the individual. Also, diagnosis are subjective and they can change.   

8. I know therapists learn about mental illness by going to school and reading books. How can you help me and understand me if you have never been in my shoes?

You are the only person that has truly been your shoes. However, that does not mean that I have never been in a similar situation as you.  I have learned about mental illness through a combination personal experience, graduate and postgraduate course work, and thousands of hours of practical experience.

9. Do you have enough experience to treat my condition?

It really depends upon that condition that you have.  I have spent thousands of hours treating individuals for anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, and behavioral problems. I have worked in outpatient settings and BHRS settings. I believe that I do have the skills to help most individuals. I am also trained in CBT, solution-focused, client-centered, and biblical interventions.