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Cathy Saputo
Counseling  |  Wellness  |  Sex Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor 
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

What Can You Expect from Counseling?
What happens during a session?
Your first few appointments will include a review of your goals for therapy, your personal history, and an opportunity to get to know each other. Additional sessions are aimed at helping you work to reach your goals. I work from an integrated therapy model that tailors treatment to your personal needs. Some of the therapy modalities that influence my work are Whole Health Model, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Attachment Theory. Relaxation techniques, mindfulness, humor, artistic expression, and homework exercises might be part of your treatment.

Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. I'll help you to identify and explore your strengths and improve communication and coping skills. An effort to strengthen self-esteem, promote healthy thinking and implement positive behavior change is part of the therapy process. Your feedback and efforts to implement behaviors and ideas discussed in session will facilitate positive change.  

How long does counseling take?
There is no definitive answer. Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that brought you to counseling becomes more manageable or is resolved. Typically counseling is scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and the number of sessions is determined by the severity of the issue and symptoms presented. We'll discuss timing as we go along.

Will counseling really help me?
Counseling can be an effective treatment for most emotional and transitional issues. It is your responsibility to do the work required of therapy. I cannot do it for you and cannot provide a miracle solution. In order to make the most of your sessions, plan to be an active participant.

Choosing the right counselor is important. Seek one you trust who makes you feel supported. A good counselor helps you to become stronger and more self-aware. Ask me questions up front that you feel will help you to know I'm a good fit. If it's determined I am not the right therapist for you, I will make an effort to refer you to another qualified provider.

You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from counseling. I help many peope through every day issues like strained relationships, workplace stress , or self-doubt, for example. Others turn to therapy during major events, such as a divorce or medical crisis. I am a trained professional that will help you to get to the root of your issue, overcome emotional challenges, and make positive changes that will improve your life.
Can medication substitute for therapy? 
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, counseling addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that get in the way of progress. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. I am able to collaborate with your psychiatrist or medical doctor to determine if medication will be useful in your circumstances.
“I wish I had you in my life 2 years ago, I think I would have been more successful in meeting my goals.”
~ client testimonial
Specialty areas include: Anxiety, Depression, Caregiver Stress, Chronic Illness, Couples and Relationships, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Open or Poly Relationships, Pre-marital Counseling, Quarter-life Issues, Sexual Concerns, Step-Parenting Challenges, and Trauma.

Individuals, and Couples ages 13 and up from all backgrounds and cultures are welcome. I am an LGBTQIA affirmative therapist and work with all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

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Consultation to other Therapists and Healthcare Professionals is available. I supervise LLPCs to obtain full license in Michigan.