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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is Serenity Psychotherapy?

    Serenity Psychotherapy is a trusted provider of professional counseling and psychotherapy services. We offer a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to enhance their overall well-being.

    2. Who can benefit from psychotherapy sessions?

    Psychotherapy can be beneficial for individuals facing various challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief, stress, and personal growth. It is suitable for people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life.

    3. How does psychotherapy work?

    Psychotherapy involves confidential conversations between a trained therapist and a client. The therapist helps the client explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, identify patterns, gain insight, and develop strategies to cope with challenges and promote personal growth.

    4. How long does a therapy session last?

    A typical therapy session at Serenity Psychotherapy lasts approximately 50 minutes. However, the duration may vary depending on the specific needs of the client and the therapeutic approach being used.

    5. How often should I attend therapy sessions?

    The frequency of therapy sessions can vary depending on individual needs and preferences. Initially, weekly sessions are common to establish a therapeutic relationship and work on specific goals. As progress is made, sessions may be reduced to bi-weekly or monthly intervals. Ultimately, the decision will be made collaboratively between you and your therapist.

    6. Are therapy sessions confidential?

    Yes, confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of therapy at Serenity Psychotherapy. We uphold strict ethical and legal guidelines to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of our clients. Your therapist will provide you with more detailed information about confidentiality during your initial session.

    7. How do I choose the right therapist for me?

    At Serenity Psychotherapy, we understand the importance of finding the right therapist. We have a diverse team of licensed and experienced therapists with various specialties. We encourage you to explore our therapist profiles on our website and consider factors such as expertise, therapeutic approach, and personal compatibility. You can also contact us for a brief consultation to discuss your needs and preferences.

    8. What therapeutic approaches are used at Serenity Psychotherapy?

    Our therapists utilize a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Some common approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed therapy. Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to determine the most effective approach for your specific situation.

    9. How much do therapy sessions cost?

    The cost of therapy sessions at Serenity Psychotherapy may vary depending on the therapist and the length of the session. We strive to offer competitive and transparent pricing. Please contact our office or refer to our website for detailed information about our current fees and insurance coverage.

    10. How can I schedule an appointment at Serenity Psychotherapy?

    Scheduling an appointment at Serenity Psychotherapy is easy. You can visit our website and fill out the contact form, call our office directly, or send us an email. Our friendly staff will assist you in finding a suitable therapist and scheduling your initial session at a convenient time.

    Additional Services

    1. Does Serenity Psychotherapy have an on-campus clinic?

    Yes, the Psychology Clinic offers low-cost counseling and assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults in the Abilene area.

    2. If I am a current graduate student, can I transfer graduate credits from another university?

    Yes, it is possible to transfer graduate credit with graduate faculty approval.

    3. When will I be notified of my admission decision?

    Students are offered rolling admission on a priority basis until March 30. Students admitted on probation status will be notified mid April.

    Serenity Psychotherapy Related Info

    1. Does your program provide licensing in clinical and counseling psychology?

    The UMD Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is accredited by APA and PCSAS and meets licensing requirements in the state of Maryland, and the UMD Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program is accredited by APA and also meets licensing requirements in the state of Maryland.

    2. How many credits is the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree?

    Sixty (60) semester hour credits are required to complete the degree program. This is because the educational requirement for state licensure mandates 60 semester hours of graduate study in designated content areas germane to professional counselors.

    3. Can I do a research thesis?

    The M.Ed. is predominantly a practice-based degree with the goal of helping you to become a licensed professional counselor. Our past experience has been that the requirements of CMHC licensure are not compatible with the master’s thesis. Given that the master’s thesis is not required to become a licensed professional counselor, this option does not currently exist in this degree track.