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Navigating Life's ChallengesYou don't have to do it alone.
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How Therapy Can Help

Therapy can help you :

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  • Attain a better understanding of yourself and each other
  • Develop skills for improving your relationships
  • Explore options and enhance decision-making skills in a safe environment
  • Improve communication skills
  • Change old behavior patterns and develop new healthier ones
  • Discover new ways to solve problems in your family and relationships
  • Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
  • Let Active Counseling help you Navigate Life's Challenges...you don't have to do it alone.™

Are you ready to move forward?  Are you tired of finding yourselves in the same  negative cycle?  Do you want to regain your confidence and your passion for life? 

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The goal of counseling is to work to help you reach an improved level of functioning. Remember you don't have to go through this alone. A lot of people think time alone will heal the hurt, but there are situations when time alone will increase the wound without support.  As a counselor in Melbourne, FL Giselle Apostel, LCSW has worked over the years with clients to help them move forward in their lives.

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Each person in and of him/herself can be right, but people can be left feeling misunderstood, hurt, and angry.  Negative patterns get repeated and chaos and pain escalate. Therapy can help you navigate through the healing process so that each person can be heard and feelings expressed in an objective safe environment. Contact Active Counseling to learn positive skills and identify and stop the negative interactions.
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. At times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek counseling as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. At Active Counseling we can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for many types of life challenges. Therapy can help address various issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. If you desire to get more out of your life and are ready to develop greater self-awareness and work towards change in your life, then contact Active Counseling in Melbourne, FL Brevard County.

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Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and looking for help to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the stress of daily life. 

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What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of sessions, where each session lasts fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions.  Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy attempts to explore and address the cause of  distress together with the behavior patterns that curb your  progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

Insurance Questions?  Insurance can be very confusing and frustrating, therefore we have outlined some information below to hopefully clarify the process with regard to our office and insurance.  The only insurance companies that we are an in-network provider and will submit billing for you are listed below:

  • HealthFirst / Magellan Behavioral Health (non-Medicare)
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield including Federal and Florida Blue (non-Medicare)
  • Beacon Health Options 

We accept self-pay/private pay for counseling sessions as well on a fee for service basis.

We do not file insurance for marriage/couples counseling as that is not a "covered benefit" under behavioral health.  Couples counseling is provided as a fee for service as the "couple" is being treated rather than one person being the "identified patient" which is how an insurance company would require services be rendered. 

We accept Health Spending Account debit cards for your convenience, as well as credit, debit, check, cash.

Cancellation Policy
Kindly notify us at least 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel your scheduled appointment to avoid a late cancellation fee.