Our business began in 2012, which now seems like a lifetime away. For 8 years our therapy team offered in-person counseling on the West side of Indianapolis. As for most small businesses, 2020 was a difficult year. We closed our office to clients in March of 2020 and decided to permanently move our business online by 2020’s end. Although we experienced quite a learning curve, we were blessed beyond measure to continue to work with our clients in a virtual platform. We have continued to meet with adults, teens, couples and families around their dining room tables, in their cars, or even from their closet floors. We are finding that therapy is a relevant tool for our clients during this ever-changing world. Authentic Life Counseling is looking to continue to meet our clients’ needs through authentically led virtual therapy experiences throughout 2021 and beyond!
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth has become a critical part of our social world where health care providers can connect with their patients right to their computers. Once you register as a client with Authentic Life Counseling, your therapist will provide you a log-in to a secure, easy-to-use website. All you have to do is log on to the site at the time of your appointment. After, you will be directed to make an online payment through another secure site, Square.com.
We Serve Indiana.
Our therapists are here to serve anyone who resides in the state of Indiana. You must be currently in the state to receive virtual counseling from an Indiana state licensed therapist.
Authentic Life Counseling, LLC
PO Box 34624
Indianapolis, IN 46234
What should I expect?
The first session can be nerve-racking. We are sure you have rehearsed what to say several times to yourself. If you are starting couples counseling, we know you have had the same argument over and over. To share your story to a stranger can seem overwhelming at first. Where will you even begin?
Please know that therapy is a process…a process that begins with trust. During your first session, your therapist will begin to ask you some demographic, or “intake,” information, and then begin to “unpack” why you’ve decided to come to therapy. For couples, your therapist will allow ample time for each person to describe their current relationship issues. Finally, your therapist will gather your therapy goals, make a therapy plan, and schedule your next appointment.
Each appointment is 50 minutes to one hour in length. All appointments begin on the hour, so log on promptly to have the full length of the session. Also, please remember your payment is due at the end of each appointment.
Our therapists do abide by all laws and professional ethics concerning confidentiality. In general, we will never tell another person anything you and your family share in the counseling sessions. However, there are a few exceptions:
- We are legally obligated to inform the police if you give us reason to believe that you will harm yourself or another person. We are also obligated to inform the potential victim. If we do believe that you will harm yourself, we will also contact a crisis team.
- We are legally obligated to inform the police and Child Protective Services if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of child abuse. Also, if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of elder or dependent adult abuse, we will notify the police and Social Services.
- If we are court ordered to do so, we may be obligated to release records or personal information or testify in court. Please know that we will make an attempt to gain your consent before sharing any information with a third party.
- We may consult with a supervisor or other professional about the treatment of you and your family. In these circumstances, we will only act in a manner that will enhance our working relationship and provide you the best care possible. We will not provide the other professional with your name or identity. Rest assured that this individual will also abide by professional ethics concerning your confidentiality.
Please also be aware that if we are seeing you as a couple, we maintain a “No Secrets” policy. This means that any information disclosed to your therapist individually may be discussed in the couple’s counseling session if he/she feels it is for the best of the therapeutic relationship.
If we are counseling children or minors, general confidentiality ethics apply. However, with children under the age of 12, we will discuss the details of our work with the child’s parent or guardian. Any minor over the age of 12 will be told that the details of their counseling sessions will be kept confidential expect for general information to a parent or guardian of how the sessions are going. Also, the same legal exceptions will apply (see #1 – 4 above.)
ALC has made the best attempt to advertise and represent the practice, our therapists and their qualifications as accurately as possible in accordance with the AAMFT Code of Ethics (Principle VIII).
Please contact us with any concerns about this website’s validity.