Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a Licensed Therapist and I’m the Founder of the Relationship Counseling Center in Syracuse, NY. I’m going to give you some information that I think everyone should know about going to counseling. It’s also going to help you understand if we are the right therapists for you.
Now, we specialize in relationship issues. We work with couples and individuals. In couples counseling, we’re going to help set up a safe environment for you to get to the bottom of what’s really going on between you two without that judgment or blame. People often find with deeper understanding that it’s easier to be more respectful and to move forward in a healthy way. What we’re really good at is teaching the skills and the tools that are necessary for positive communication. We’re going to help you with those tools during session, and we’re also going to really promote you to take it home and practice those at home.Now, everyone who works at my center is also old enough and has enough life experience to back up their skillset. We’re licensed therapists. We’re down-to-earth, solution-focused. Much like a relationship coach, we’re active participants in your relationship; not just listening to you each and every session. We’re helping you set up relationship goals with your help. And what’s great about that is it guides your therapy. You’ll know how you’re doing. Are you going in the right direction? Is therapy helping you? Because we really track those goals. In addition, we’re all going to know when it’s time to end therapy because you’ve achieved your goal.
Now, the first thing you can do is to give me a call. I could hopefully answer any questions that you might have. And if everything feels good, I’ll have the Syracuse, NY therapist give you a call as soon as possible. They’re probably going to ask you a little bit about why you’re coming in and they’re going to tell you all the times that they can see you, both day and night so that you can come in. We usually can see you within 24 to 48 hours.
Now, sometimes people come in for marriage counseling or couples therapy, we work with both married and unmarried couples. We specialize in that. But sometimes people want to come in by themselves, maybe they’re in a committed relationship and really want to get clear about what’s going on or maybe learn some strategies that can have a positive effect on their relationship. We work with individuals who are dating who are trying to find that right life partner, make new and healthy decisions in dating. We also do premarital counseling and we help people who are getting married really set up some great communication tools, moving forward for you to have a really healthy marriage.
Now, some practical things: we are licensed therapists, so if you have any out-of-network coverage through your insurance company, you can call them and find out. We can give you an invoice and you might be able to get some money back from your insurance company. Also, sometimes people pay for their therapy using something called flex spending or health savings accounts. And if you have something like that, perhaps you can check with your HR department and find out whether or not you can use those funds.
Now, we have a lot of articles and videos on this website. I really encourage you to check it out. First of all, you’re probably going to find a relationship issue that you can identify with. You might get some great tips or tools right now you can start using in your relationship. But also, you’re going to get to know who we are, the kinds of therapists we are, the kind of advice that we give, and that’s going to help you make a decision. And, of course, if you’d like to take the next step, give me a call. Thank you.