Simply contact us and we will do an intake to help determine if Azimuth is a place that can meet your therapeutic needs. You will be contacted after the intake is reviewed and there is a therapist available that best meets your needs. You will then be offered a time for your first appointment and directed to our website and asked to fill out more detailed history forms prior to your first appointment.
2) Is Azimuth a Christian Counseling Center?
Azimuth is an organization that was started due to the financial generosity and vision of Essex Alliance Church, a Christian church. Although Azimuth is not a Christian counseling center, it is run by the “Golden Rule”- a biblical principle that is woven into the fabric of our culture. Our assessment forms ask if you wish to incorporate a religious belief system or practice into your therapy. We do this because, at Azimuth, we seek to engage the mind, body and soul in the treatment of each individual who engages in counseling. If your response is “yes,” our therapists will do this according to the American Counseling Association (ACA) standards. If you do not desire to do this, your therapist will honor that. Your therapist will disclose that he or she has a faith practice but will not impose this on you. Azimuth therapists give the same high quality mental health care to all who seek our services regardless of their religious beliefs.
3) What kind of training does your staff have?
Each of our clinicians has either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling or psychology and is registered by the State of Vermont to practice counseling. Each of our clinicians have specialized advanced training in specific areas. Please review each counselor’s bio for more information regarding their specialized advanced training. Our interns are advanced students enrolled in a graduate program in counseling and are also under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
4) What is an NCC?
The term NCC stands for National Certified Counselor and means the therapist has passed the National Counseling Exam (NCE). The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
5) How does counseling work?
People seek counseling for many different reasons: a crisis, a loss, a major life change, to sort things out to have a happier life, or to improve relationships. Counseling begins with an initial meeting with the therapist to gather information and history in order to develop a plan to meet each individual’s/family’s needs. Counseling may include individual, group and/or family sessions.
6) Who do you work with?
We have counselors with specialized training to work with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families.
7) How long does it take?
Each session lasts typically up to 60 minutes. Your therapist will establish with you a regular schedule based on your specific need. A person may come to counseling once or twice or may choose to continue counseling until they have met their goals for life improvement. Always discuss this with your therapist.