Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My spouse does not know I am receiving counseling. What would happen if I run into my therapist out in the community?
Because we live in a small community, it could happen that you would unexpectedly meet your therapist at the grocery, church, etc. Remember, your therapist is required by law to keep your confidentiality. He/she will not acknowledge knowing you unless you greet him/her first. Even then, no mention of counseling will occur. That is only for our office. We try very hard to protect your privacy at all times.
Q: I know Turning Point receives funding from the North Webster Church of God. Will people at the church know I am a client here or have access to my file?
NO! Turning Point is an independent agency with therapists who are requiredby law to keep your information confidential. The church has no access to any clinical record as they are kept confidential per HIPPA guidelines. If a client wants a religious leader to be able to talk with their counselor, a release of information must be signed by the client giving permission first.
Q: Do I have to be a Christian to get counseling at Turning Point?
No! Turning Point is an agency for all people of all racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientations. We do not discriminate. We respect the values of all individuals and we work closely with your values. If we cannot help you ethically (meaning we are not experts in a certain area or we are out of our scope of practice) we will help refer you to someone who can be a better fit for what you are looking for. Multicultural, religious, and identity issues are common topics that we discuss in session as we work toward forming a relationship and goals for counseling.
Q: Does Turning Point do “Christian Counseling”? What kind of counseling will I receive?
Turning Point’s therapists are what are called “clinical counselors”. In essence, they are trained clinically via accredited counseling programs in the state of Indiana. TPI’s counselors have Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. They are all professionally and clinically trained to use multiple evidence-based interventions, theories, and techniques in counseling. They also have training in providing counseling with clients with strong religious beliefs. Clinical counseling with a spiritual or biblical worldview can be provided should the client wish to pursue counseling with that focus. If a client does not want to focus on a religious area or operate from that perspective, the counselor will honor and work with the client’s preference.