I have never been to counseling or therapy, what can I expect?

Open Forest Counseling takes an approach to psychotherapy that is client-centered and non-pathologizing, which means that we understand you as the expert in your life and we are intentional in not stigmatizing or passing judgement. We see our role as psychotherapists to create new insights into your self and surrounding circumstances so you can approach your life in a fulfilling manner that supports your relationships, growth and health.  There are times when, with your permission, we may be more directive, such as with trauma therapy, but our approach is generally collaborative or client-centered.

What is your cancellation policy?

Clients private pay clients are responsible for payment of any session cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.  For all other clients, 48 hours notice or more is courteous and greatly appreciated.

Can you prescribe anti-depressants and other medicines?

No, psychotherapists and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) cannot prescribe medications. However, for those interested in holistic medicine, we are connected with incredible herbalists, massage therapists, and acupuncturists who can support holistic approaches to emotional and mental wellness.

What is cutting-edge about your approach?

Open Forest Counseling combines diversity issues with individual’s personal and spiritual needs, as well as specialized trauma therapy techniques. As Transpersonal Counseling Psychotherapists with a depth of knowledge of issues of difference, marginalization and oppression, we are able to accommodate a wide variety of needs historically neglected in the field of psychology.

Both the Transpersonal Psychology and Multicultural Psychology fields consider themselves to be the Fourth Force in Psychology (1st Force being Psychoanalytic, 2nd being Cognitive/Behavioral and the 3rd being Humanistic and Existential). Transpersonal literally translates to “beyond the self.” Transpersonal Psychology includes and transcends the previous three forces, meaning that it draws from all the knowledge of psychology historically and incorporates new ways of understanding the human experience, particularly the aspect of spiritual life. Multicultural Psychology recognizes the psychological impact upon people living in an oppressive society where difference impact self-concept, relationships and physical, mental and emotional health.

We have training in trauma therapy techniques of Brainspotting and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and do our best to stay current with the latest information on trauma resolution.

I’m not sure I need therapy. How can I tell if I should be calling you?

There’s a good chance that if you are seeking help, this may be the best time. If you are in crisis or your relationships have reached a critical point, now is certainly the time.  If not in crisis, ask yourself if you are ready to see and make changes in your life and commit the time, energy and finances required in entering therapy.  Remember, prevention is powerful and transformation is eternal.  Therapy is an investment in yourself, and you will get out of it, what you put into it.

Is there a set number of sessions I should plan to attend?

Regular short term therapy lasts 6-8 weeks of weekly sessions then moves to a “maintenance” schedule of every other week or once a month.  However depending upon individual needs, I am comfortable meeting just one time or meeting long term until individuals feel that they have met their therapeutic goals. At the conclusion of counseling, it is beneficial to have a termination session where both therapist and client can summarize the work and bring closure to the therapeutic relationship.

What is confidentiality and what does it cover?

Confidentiality is your legal right as a client to discuss whatever you need in therapy. It is private and protected by law. It covers all topics, except for instances of child abuse/neglect, elder abuse/neglect and serious threat of harm to self or others.

How do you pronounce the therapist’s (Linda Hsieh) last name?

The phonetic pronunciation for Hsieh is “sheh.”  Feel free to ask Linda in person.  She will not be offended.

Why do you use the term “queer”?  Isn’t that offensive?

We use “queer” as an umbrella term for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people or communities.  Although it historically has been used to hurt people of these communities, it has been reclaimed in the past couple decades and is often used with pride or as a political identification as well (i.e. indicating political advocacy for LGBTQI communities.)

Do you provide crisis support?

No, we are not equipped to provide 24-hour support. Psychiatric Emergency Services provides a 24-hour mobile crisis service accessible by calling 303-602-7221 or for any emergency simply dial 911.

How do I schedule an appointment or free consultation?

Call Linda at (720) 429-3047 or email Linda.Hsieh.MA @ gmail.com (no spaces).
Thank you for your interest!  We look forward to getting to know you.

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