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    What is psychotherapy and how does it work?

    First, each therapy session is typically 45-50 minutes. In your first session, you will simply be having a conversation to get to know your therapist and determine if they are the right fit for your needs.

    Secondly, a mental health professional has thousands of hours of training and experience to assess what is going on for you and assist in approaching your situation – teaching you new information and skills, offering different perspectives and listening to you without judgment or expectations.

    Furthermore, licensed therapists hold privileged communication. This means that counseling sessions are confidential with very few exceptions, that will be discussed in your first session.

    Do you offer telehealth?

    Yes! Telehealth allows us to provide counseling and therapy to our clients via live video conferencing. This can be done anywhere you have a computer or smartphone. Currently this service is available for California residents.

    How do I know if counseling will benefit me?

    Life isn’t always easy. Everyone faces challenges at some point and could benefit from an impartial trained observer to listen, challenge and educate.

    How long will it take?

    Everyone’s circumstances are unique. Because each person has different goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual or couple.

    Do you accept my insurance for therapy services?

    Aboveboard Consulting & Marriage Counseling Services is a fee-for-service practice, which means that you pay for service when you complete a session. However, many insurance companies and employee benefit plans will reimburse you and we are happy to provide the super-bill they may require.

    Does Deana Kahle travel out of state for speaking and trainings?

    Yes! Request a list of our most popular class offerings or speaking topics.

    What is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)?

    A critical incident is an event that has the potential to overwhelm and disrupt functioning. CISM is a collection of various modalities all designed to normalize and stabilize stress responses as well as provide education and support in the weeks, months and years to come.

    Following a traumatic event many people experience shock and confusion. A crisis management briefing (CMB), Defusing or Debriefing (CISD) provides those affected with the much-needed facts of what has occurred along with appropriate psychological education and next steps to access supportive resources.

    CISM is not therapy but is provided by a licensed clinician who is specifically trained and experienced in the application of CISM best practices for optimal recovery.

    Our agency has experienced a traumatic event, what now?

    First, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your need for critical incident stress management and we will walk you through the process. It is suggested that psychological debriefing be provided within 72 hours of the critical incident. Whether for an individual, team or entire department it is never too late to provide education and resources to support your staff.

    Then, we will make recommendations and collaborate on the resources required for your particular needs. Lastly, a clinician will be assigned and deployed to your location within your desired timeline.