How do I pick a counselor? The East Bay Counseling Collective is dedicated to helping members of East Bay communities connect with counselors that best fit their needs. While a select number of counselors within our network are featured on the counselors page, our network includes many other local services providers. Please complete the form on our contact page for further assistance. 

Do I need a referral? To begin working with an East Bay Counseling Collective provider, you may reach out to them directly without a referral from your doctor. Please be aware that some insurance policies include coverage for mental health visits, but they often stipulate the kind of provider you see and whether you need a referral from your primary care physician. Check with your insurance provider to learn more about your eligibility.

Are sessions covered by insurance? East Bay Counseling Collective practitioners do not accept insurance directly. However, some providers reimburse for counseling services. Please check with your insurance provider to determine eligibility and coverage.

How long does counseling take? Depending on your specific needs, counseling can be short term for a specific issue or longer term to address more difficult patterns or larger personal development goals. Either way, it's common that people will start with weekly sessions and eventually space them out as they see progress.

How can I get the most out of counseling? Counseling is a collaborative process, requiring active participation by both the client and counselor to be successful. Active participation for the client might mean taking a homework assignment and reporting back the results, trying new things, and taking risks inside and outside of session time, as well as tracking and reporting your progress. Initiate a conversation with your counselor from the outset to determine the best way for you both to work together.

What happens during a session? What happens during your session will depend on the issues being addressed and the modalities your counselor feels best suit your needs. In any case, you can expect your counselor to provide safety, compassion, confidentiality, and accountability, while supporting you in achieving your goals.

Do you offer coaching? East Bay Counseling Collective network members are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychotherapy, counseling, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and hakomi. Please look through our counselor directory for more information, or if you are interested in being linked to a counselor offering a specific approach, please complete our contact form for further assistance.

What is the difference between counseling and psychotherapy? Counseling covers a broad field of modalities in the healing arts, including nonviolent communication, authentic movement, dreamwork, and much more. East Bay Counseling Collective members have a wide range of experience and training and are certified in a variety of approaches. Psychotherapy is aimed at identifying, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. In the State of California, psychotherapy is governed by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, which issues licenses to practicing psychotherapists. East Bay Counseling Collective practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds, and network members are skilled at helping you determine which type of support is best to meet your needs.

Are counseling sessions confidential? Yes. Anything discussed during a private session is confidential. Your counselor will also go over their own policy on confidentiality with you.