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Welcome to Hope and Healing Counseling,

I wanted to provide some information to make things easy for you. First, please read my Professional Disclosure Statement for a more in depth review of how things work here. You can also refer to FAQs. My office is located in downtown Hampton at:

100 Bridge Street, Suite C2, Hampton, VA, 23669

Now, let's get you scheduled...

To make an appointment, fill out the Contact Form. Please let me know which location you prefer and when you might be available and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Prior to your first appointment...

Please print, read, and complete the forms below and bring them with you to your first session. This is essential to making our first session productive. This makes it possible for us to actually start to work in our first session instead of filling out forms.

Professional Disclosure Statement

New Client Intake Form

It is especially important that you read my Professional Disclosure Statement in its entirety so you understand our respective roles and how things work at Hope and Healing Counseling. Also, because I do not file insurance claims, I want to make certain that you have no questions or concerns about our payment policies.

If you are bringing someone with you who will be part of your work (e.g. couples counseling), please have that other person complete a separate copy of these documents and bring them, as well.

 When you arrive...

Please feel free to bring food or drink with you to your sessions. I recognize that life is often chaotic and that self-care is frequently the first thing to be sacrificed. I encourage self-care. So, I want you to be fed and hydrated. Please park in any of the designated parking spots. Please come in and have a seat in the waiting area and I will come out to greet you.

Thank you for choosing to schedule with me. I appreciate it very much. I am looking forward to meeting you! Contact me if you have any questions.

Tamika Lord, MA, Resident in Counseling

 

FAQs

 

What is counseling?

In counseling you will work with a licensed, or licensed eligible mental health professional to work out strategies for handling the difficult challenges in your life. Counseling can lead to personal growth through clarification of your thoughts and feelings about yourself, others, and events in your life.  The majority of the time you spend in counseling will consist of talking about the issues you have presented. It is important for you to attend all of your scheduled appointments on time.  Equally important is your responsibility to be as active, open, and honest as possible with your counselor.

How long are the sessions?

Individual appointments are generally 50-60 minutes in length and are held exclusively for you.  We are able to schedule longer sessions upon request for an additional fee.

What is the length of treatment?

The length of treatment varies depending on the counselor, yourself and the nature of the problem.  For problems that might affect many areas of your life, or those that have persisted for a long time, counseling may be significantly longer.

What do I do in an emergency situation when your office is closed?

We do not provide 24-hour crisis services.  Therefore if you have an emergency, and the office is closed, you should dial 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

What are the accepted forms of payment?

Cash, Check, and Charge are acceptable methods of payment. Please make checks payable to All Nations Church.

 

 

 

What are the risks associated with counseling?

Although counseling is unlikely to be harmful, it may stir up uncomfortable or painful thoughts or feelings.   These periods are usually temporary. If you have concerns about your treatment, please raise them with your counselor.

How do I Schedule an appointment?

Fill out the contact form and let our office know your availability and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Do you work with children or adolescents?  

Yes. I work with many age groups.

Do you accept insurance?  

We are not contracted with insurance plans. Most insurance policies require that a deductible be met before benefits begin and require a co-payment, which is often in the same range as our fee.

Are you a Christian counselor?

I am a Christian Counselor.  I practice from a framework that acknowledges spirituality is important to us as human beings and is the source of meaning, purpose, and healing in our lives.  I respect others’ beliefs, spiritual values and practices, which are different from my own. I believe the counseling process is another tool God uses to bring healing and reconciliation which allows humanity to live, work, and love or be in healthy relationship with God and each other. I offer the same acceptance, wisdom, and support previously granted to me. As a Christian Counselor, I believe that all healing power comes from God and I accept my role as merely a change agent for healing through the use of various treatment modalities. 

What if I am not a Christian?

Many of my clients are not Christians. As a professional, I am committed to ethical counseling practices, which respect the rights and values of my clients. I am committed to listen empathetically, love and accept ALL people unconditionally, and to extend help to ANYONE in need. I will not allow my personal beliefs or knowledge to hinder my ability to respect my clients’ beliefs and values that are different than my own.

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