Why seek out a counselor? The scariest part for many in seeking counseling is fearing that nobody will be able to understand what you're going through. It is important to put your search for a counselor into the proper perspective. If you were sick, you would seek out a doctor. If you were dealing with a physical injury, you would seek out a physical therapist. Difficult life circumstances affect your mind and soul, as well as your body. Going into counseling does not mean that you are "crazy." Sometimes I think a large portion of my work is assuring people that what they are experiencing is common for difficult situations. Seeing a counselor means that you are finding what you need in order to cope with your individual circumstances, and regain your footing on the shifting sands of life.

Here are some ideas to help you in your search for a counselor:

  • Choose a professional who will listen, affirm and accept you right where you are. You need to be able to tell your story at your own pace, and explore your responses without being judged.
  • Choose a professional who is knowledgeable about the area you need help for. If you are grieving, does the counselor understand the grief process and have resources for you? If you are depressed, does the counselor know the latest information about treatment, and is it evidence-based?
  • Be open to new ways of coping and understanding. Sometimes the coping skills that have worked up until now are not effective anymore. You may need to explore different techniques and strategies.

"An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior." -Viktor Frankl


Most counseling appointments are 55 minutes long. Sessions begin at the time scheduled, not at the time of arrival. I require 24 hour advance notice of cancellation; otherwise the regular fee will be charged.

Intake Forms

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Once you have set up your initial appointment, you will be given a pass code which allows access to the secure portion of the website. My intake forms can be downloaded and you can bring them with you to your first appointment.

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fees and payment

Some or all of my counseling fees may be covered by health insurance plans. If you choose to use your insurance for counseling, I recommend you check with your insurance company to see if your plan covers outpatient psychotherapy, the amount of any deductibles or copays, and any limitations regarding the number of visits covered.

If you decide to not use your insurance benefits, I offer a cash discount.

Payments for deductibles, copays, and non-insurance sessions can be paid in the form of cash or personal checks.

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Kathleen Albin, MA, LMHC, FT 425/299-7753