General Clinic FAQs
Following are some frequently asked questions regarding services at the Psychological Services Center. If you have a question that is not addressed in this brief list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us form.
How will I know if I need to see a therapist for my problem?
If you find that your problem is affecting your daily functioning, it may be beneficial to consult with a therapist. When you become pre-occupied with the issue, have difficulty concentrating on other areas of your life, or have notable mood shifts as a result of your distress, you are restricted from living a full, enjoyable life. Consulting with a therapist is a resourceful exchange that can allow for gaining perspective and identifying alternatives to the way you're handling the situation. In addition to addressing a problem area, people also meet with a therapist to optimize their life. Finding a fresh career direction, getting a personal-strengths assessment, engaging in pre-marital couples counseling, defining your learning style, and dealing with life issues proactively are some other reasons that a person might consult with a therapist.
How can I be sure that my information is kept confidential?
Clinical records are kept confidential based on legal and ethical standards. In addition to Virginia laws which govern the quality handling of clinical records, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates storing, transfer, and copy practices of all medical records. The Psychological Services Center adheres to the high standards of HIPAA practice and all state laws governing clinical records.
Can I get family therapy if I also want individual therapy?
Yes. Depending on the presenting concern, some clients benefit from participating in multiple forms of treatment. Other options include group and couples therapy. It is important to discuss all aspects of your situation with your therapist so that an appropriate placement can be made.
How long should treatment take?
The duration of therapy depends on your presenting concern. Treatment length is something to be discussed with your therapist. Factors that impact treatment outcomes include how frequently you meet with your therapist, how committed you are to working on your issues outside of the session, and the severity of the problem. You should consider these issues as you partner with your therapist and determine treatment length.
I am interested in some of the workshops offered through the Psychological Services Center (e.g., Cultural Diversity Lunch Series). However, I am not a student at Regent University. Can I attend?
Yes. You are invited to attend workshops (Cultural Diversity Lunch Series) and discussion groups (Paradigm Shift Initiative) that are facilitated through the PSC. If you'd like a free lunch at the Cultural Diversity Lunch Series, be one of the first 25 people to register at by filling out the Cultural Diversity Events Sign Up Form.