Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Me - on top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine, USA

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What are your areas of expertise?

Dr. Bravo has over 15 years of experience in reducing feelings of anxiety and depression, especially in the areas of pain and recovery from a traumatic physical event. Stress management is a key component in reduction of both anxiety and stress and is incorporated throughout both counseling and coaching sessions. The primary methodology used is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Camilla is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). She is also a Master Business and Life Coach and Board Certified TeleMental Health Counselor. She has additional training in Crisis Intervention Stress Management and will come to the location when CISM is needed.

What do your services include?

We offer a variety of services to include coaching and counseling, clinical supervision (for LPC-Interns and LPC-S Candidates), and continuing education.

Why choose counseling/coaching online?

Online coaching/counseling is both convenient and comfortable. If you live in a remote area, it may take longer to drive to the appointment that the actual appointment itself. Online work has been tested an proven effective and have been in use for many decades. For some, it is easier to open up to someone when viewing them through a camera versus live. It also works well for those recovering from a physical event, such as surgery or a car accident. And even though you may be online, the option always exists for you to come to the office - whatever works best for you.

What insurance do you accept?

Currently, we are not networked with any insurance agencies.

What other issues do you work with?

As previously mentioned, several areas/issues may be addressed as a part of coaching, to include general depression, anxiety and stress, lack of motivation/drive, loss of a loved one, end of a relationship (friend or divorce),  and/or overall lack of confidence in personal and/or professional life. 

What are your payment options?

We accept cash and major credit cards.

How long are the sessions?

Therapy and/or coaching sessions are scheduled for 45 - 50 minutes.

What should I look for when choosing a counselor or coach?

Definitely look for someone who expresses an expertise in your specific area of concern. When you have the first session, it is important to connect with that other person, as rapport is essential. Prior to scheduling the appointment, it is a good idea for have a list of questions ready and call a few different counselors before making your decision. Starting counseling is an important decision  - researching the counselor can be an important first step.

I am a little nervous - what should I expect?

Being nervous is a normal reaction to just about anything new. The first session is partially filled with paperwork that is a requirement of the state. After that, the counselor should take time to get to know what you are expecting as you go through your sessions. This is an important part of the process, as the plan belongs to the client, not the therapist. Hopefully by the time you are ready to leave, your nervous tension will have decreased and you will be looking forward to the next session, with some goals already in mind.

Do you have a psychiatrist in staff and do you prescribe medication?

We do not have a psychiatrist on staff, nor do we prescribe medication. However, it is always wise to have a medical check-up, or physical when symptoms of anxiety and/or depression arise, as they may also be a symptom of an underlying medical problem.

If  you are looking for help regarding emotional distress, sadness, depression, anxiety or loneliness, call The Bravo Institute. Rather than trying to deal with this on your own, reach out to others who care. You know where you want to go - let me help you get there. Together, we can do it.