Powder Mill Counseling Services
Making Change Happen

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know if I need counseling?

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if you or someone you love needs counseling. Here are some indications that counseling may be beneficial:
  • if you're depressed for more than 2 weeks
  • if you're having difficulty coping with a situation
  • if you're lonely and socially isolated
  • if you have lost interest in things you used to enjoy
  • if you want to improve your ability to be assertive
  • if you're having difficulty controlling behaviors you know are unhealthy, unproductive, or illogical
  • if you're struggling with a recent loss or relationship ending
  • if you're routinely feeling panicky or anxious
  • if you want to improve how you feel about yourself

 2. How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by calling 301-595-0567. You can leave a      message if you do not speak to someone directly, and your call will be returned   by the next business day. Please keep in mind the office is open between Monday and Friday.

3. What type of issues are addressed in counseling?

Counseling can address a host of issues such as depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, stress and time management, adjustment issues, substance abuse, sexuality issues, and trauma and abuse issues.

4. What is Confidentiality?

Confidentiality is the legal and ethical obligation of psychologists to keep information clients share in counseling confidential. There are several exceptions to confidentiality that are explained by the therapist during the initial assessment session.

5. What can I expect at my first appointment?

On the day of your 1st visit, you will be expected to come at least 5 minutes prior to your actual appointment time to fill out administrative paperwork. During the initial assessment appointment, the therapist will ask you questions about your reasons for attendiing counseling, personal history, and other relevant information. Treatment goals and how progress will be assessed will be discussed, as well as fees and client expectations for treatment.

6. What can I expect from counseling?

As a client, you can expect the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. You can expect to explore options in addressing issues, and possibly have your perspective challenged. The therapist may also give "selfwork assignments" to be completed in between sessions to facilitate change. You can also expect honest feedback from the therapist, and for the therapist to provide information to you regarding clinical issues that arise in treatment. Participation in other services outside of therapy may be recommended to augment treatment, i.e., attendance to AA, support group.

7. Why can't I just talk to a friend?

Talking to a friend can be helpful as a source of support, but can become overwhelming or draining on a friendship over time. Also, it is sometimes better to get an objective opinion rather than an opinion that may be biased from someone who knows you. Lastly, friends who are not trained in the area of psychology may not be able to recognize psychological problems.

8. How do I know if the office is closed for holidays or weather?
The office is closed on all major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following friday, and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). A statement on the outgoing message will provide information as to whether the office is closed for additional days. No indication of the office being closed on the outgoing message means the office is open.
You can find out whether the office is closed due to inclement weather by calling the main office number. Please keep in mind the office closures are not based on, or related to, school closures for inclement weather.