Frequently Asked Questions

There is no specific time frame when working on personal development and growth. Depending on the type of changes that you are looking to make and the variety of issues that you are attempting to work on, therapy can last from a few sessions to much longer. Some find therapy to be extremely beneficial and choose to make it a long-term process.

There are many benefits to engaging in therapy. Some of these include: gaining a better understanding of oneself, figuring out life goals and prospects, improving personal relationships, developing coping skills, enhancing problem-solving abilities, making positive changes to problem behaviors, and boosting self-esteem. Your therapist will work with you throughout this process and offer new insight to an issue that you have been struggling with. The benefit that you obtain will ultimately depend on how committed you are to the treatment.

We accept all forms of payment including cash, checks, PayPal, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, etc).

Once a week sessions are the standard for individual counseling, though clients are welcome to seek more frequent sessions if they are in crisis or want greater insight.

If you are committed to making personal changes for greater life satisfaction, then you are ready to seek therapy. Many people believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems” in order for therapy to be appropriate. This is not the case, anyone can benefit from therapy. Some even choose to come in for insight only.

Our practice is not limited to just one method or approach. We tailor our therapy to meet the needs of each client and draw from various theoretical models including Psychodynamic, Relational, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT).

Many people incorrectly associate psychotherapy with the typical media depiction of a “Freudian” style session in which the therapist is sitting silently in the chair and nodding throughout the whole session. We take on a much more interactive and collaborative approach in our sessions. You can expect our therapists to explore thoughts, feelings, behaviors, the past and the present, and the conscious and unconscious.

Confidentiality is one of the most important components in therapy, as successful therapy requires a high degree of trust. With few exceptions, the highly sensitive material that is discussed between you and your therapist will not be shared with anyone else without your permission. For example, your therapist may share information with someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law will only be allowed to release this information after obtaining your written consent. In addition, therapists are legally mandated to make certain disclosures in cases where there is suspicion of harm to oneself, harm to others, or child abuse. All such disclosures will be discussed with you in advance.

Yes. Our therapists offer treatment sessions for psychotherapy by telephone, Facetime, or Skype if you are out of the area or are unable to attend your regularly scheduled sessions. You will be charged your usual rate for your telephone or video chat session.

Our therapists are not psychiatrists and therefore we do not prescribe medication. However, in some cases medication can be valuable in combination with psychotherapy. If your therapist determines that you could benefit from meeting with a psychiatrist, we can assist with referring you to someone in our trusted network of referrals.

The length of our sessions depend on the type of service you receive:

An individual psychotherapy session is 45 minutes.
A couples session is 60 minutes.
EMDR sessions are 60-75 minutes.

Lynnhaven Counseling

575 Lynnhaven Pkwy #325
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Open Everyday 7am – 7pm