Counseling  for Individuals & Couples

       Pamela Raymond, MA, RN, LPC

About Psychotherapy in Asheville

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Common Questions

Pamela Raymond, RN, LPC

166 East Chestnut St. 

Asheville,  NC  28801


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What is the difference between counseling, psychotherapy and therapy?

None.  I am using the terms interchangeably.
Why do people seek counseling or psychotherapy?

People come to counseling for lots of reasons. Some folks need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by stress, grief, lack of support, or fear, therapy can help. Counseling can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, substance abuse, codependence, unresolved childhood issues, work difficulties, spiritual conflicts, stress management, etc.  People seeking help through counseling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, set goals and work towards lasting self-change and growth.  

What are your credentials?   

My education and credentials include:           

Licensed Professional Counselor 
Registered Nurse 
Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist 
Certified Case Manager 

Certified Yoga Instructor for Mental Health 
Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

What can I expect in a therapy or counseling session? 

Counseling requires your active involvement including efforts to change your thoughts, feeling and behavior.  During sessions you are expected to talk about and explore the primary concerns and issues in your life. You will be  asked to work both in and out of counseling sessions. There may be homework assignments, exercises and perhaps other projects. We will set goals together and periodically evaluate our progress.  A session lasts about 50 to 60 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Weekly sessions may be best at first, to get a good start on the primary issues, but  we will evaluate the frequency of sessions needed together.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

There are numerous benefits from participating in psychotherapy.  Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.  Many people find counseling to be a tremendous help in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include: 

Attaining self-awareness regarding feelings and behaviors.
Setting personal, family and/or work-related goals.
Developing skills for improving your relationships.                                                    
Finding solutions to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety. 
Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures.                                  
Letting go of beliefs and behaviors that keep you stuck.
Discovering new ways to solve problems.
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work? 

I accept many insurance plans. Please check the "RATES AND INSURANCE" sections for names of the networks in which I participate. The first thing you should do is contact your insurance carrier to check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

What is my deductible and has it been met?                                         
What is my co-payment for each session.
How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
Is precertification required?
How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?

Is therapy confidential?

The law, generally, protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. 

Exceptions include:  (important, please read)

In cases of suspected child abuse, dependent adult abuse or elder abuse, the therapist is required by law to report this suspicion to the appropriate authorities immediately.

If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or persons, the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to obtain cooperation from the client to ensure their safety.  If the client does not cooperate further measures may be taken, without their permission, in order to make sure they are safe.