Shaney McCoy, MEd, CMHC, LPC

Counselor/Therapist in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Your First Visit

What to expect

Many people are apprehensive about seeking help from a mental health counselor, so if you find yourself in this position you’re not alone. You may feel “only crazy people go to counselors” or “I should just be able to deal with this myself.” However, the vast majority of clients I work with are probably quite similar to you. They are relatively high functioning and are simply struggling with challenges they need some help overcoming or coping with.

Our first session is a time for us to get to know each other. I will gather some information about your history and find out specifically what you’re wanting help with. I’ll tell you about my approach to therapy and how I would see our work together progressing, and encourage you to ask questions along the way. I want to make sure you feel comfortable about the treatment process and that our work together is collaborative.

You are always free to share as much or as little as you’re comfortable with. If I ask a question that you really don’t want to answer, you are invited to simply say, “I’m not ready to answer that right now.” Again, my goal is that we work together as a team and that you feel empowered to be in charge of your own healing and growth.

I typically initially see clients for an hour every week or every two weeks depending upon their needs, financial situation and schedule. Some clients only need one session to clear things up in their minds and then just call to reschedule when they feel they need a “tune-up” or when another issue arises. Other clients may need longer-term therapy. We will discuss what your treatment length may look like at the beginning of treatment and continue to discuss it as we progress. My goal is to give you the tools you need to feel better and get on with life as soon as possible, not to keep you in therapy indefinitely.

If you’d like to discuss the possibility of working with me, I’d love to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact me at 801-656-5330 or use the form below.

Is therapy confidential?

As a general rule, all therapy sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with your therapist will remain between the two of you, unless you request otherwise. This is as per protection rules by law, which all therapists legally need to follow, and no information from the session can be disclosed without prior written consent from the client.

There are exceptions to this law however, and the therapist can disclose information from the session to legal authorities or appointed persons if any of the following are true:

  • The therapist suspects abuse to a child, dependent adult, or an elder, or are made aware of domestic abuse. These situations all require the therapist to notify law authorities immediately.
  • If the therapist suspects an individual has caused, or is threatening to cause severe bodily harm to another person, therapists are required to report it to the police.
  • If an individual intends to harm himself or herself, expressing to the therapist for example, plans for suicide. While the therapist will attempt to work through this in the therapy session, if it appears to be unresolved or the client does not cooperate, additional action may need to be taken to ensure the safety of the client.

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