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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

How do I contact The Compassion Counseling Center?
Call (507) 208-8822 or email us at counseling@compassioncounseling.org.
Who will be my counselor?
You will work with trained lay persons who are supervised by a team of licensed professional mental professionals.
How much does counseling cost?
You will not be charged for your counseling sessions. A small fee to cover the cost of assessments is charged. Those who receive services are encouraged to contribute as they desire.
How long will I need to be in counseling?
Most counseling sessions run for 10-20 weeks. Additional counseling sessions are possible if progress is being made.
Will my information be kept confidential?
The Compassion Counseling Center staff maintains confidentiality unless a release-of-information form for a specific individual or institution is signed or unless mandated by a court of law. Minnesota law requires Compassion Counseling Center staff to report any abuse or neglect of a child, adolescent, or vulnerable adult and any imminent harm to an individual or specific threat of harm. The counseling relationship is one of mutual collaboration that focuses on the concerns of the individual. Professional boundaries are upheld to protect confidentiality and the integrity of the counseling relationship. These boundaries guard against inappropriate social interaction of the counselor and counselee.
What is counseling?
A local professional therapist, says "Counseling is a complex helping process in which the counselor establishes a trusting and confidential working relationship. The focus is on problem-solving, decision making, and discovering personal meaning related to learning and development. Practices of professional counseling include, but is not limited to:
  • Mental health counseling involves screening and treatment of mental and emotional disorders such as depression, addictions, eating disorders, alcoholism, and anxiety disorders.

  • Rehabilitation counseling services help persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities.

  • School counseling programs are designed to help students develop their educational, social, career, and personal strengths and to become responsible and productive citizens.

  • Career counseling includes administering and interpreting tests and inventories to assess abilities and interests to identify career options. They teach job hunting strategies and skills, and provide support for persons experiencing job stress, job loss, or career transition.

  • Counselors can also help clients develop the personal tools to manage stress, deal with difficult people, break bad habits or addictions, balance work and family, develop assertiveness skills, improve self-image and self-esteem, plan for postsecondary educations or career development and advancement."

  • Counseling is provided in an open, honest and supportive atmosphere. Your counselor will respect you and your difficulties and is concerned that you receive the best possible treatment. We look forward to assisting you with your personal and spiritual concerns and goals.



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