Frequently Asked Questions
Is this site really free?
Absolutely. Currently, Counseling Insite does not charge for any services. We do have plans to offer life coaching and consultation in the future. However, all content and information on the site is completely free. One exception is the books we recommend in the Self-Help section. They are available at a nominal cost through our sponsor, Amazon.com.
Why does this site have ads on it?
The simple answer to this question is that revenue generated from contextual ads helps to defray the costs associated with keeping this website up and running. Counseling Insite contracts services for web and graphic design, marketing, and content. To that end, we asked that you disable any ad blocking software.
How can I help?
You can help in a variety of ways. Share this site with your friends and family. If you have your own website, please link our site to yours. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, visit our sponsors, subscribe to our newsletter, and comment on our blog posts. These actions are enormously helpful to us. Of course, donations are important as well, as they allow us to make invaluable site improvements. If you do wish to make a financial contribution, we happily accept any denomination through Paypal; a minimum of 10.00 is required through our Fundly campaign. Both can be found through our Donate link.
Does Counseling Insite have social media channels like Facebook and Instagram?
We certainly do. We are proud to say that we have over 3,100 active Facebook members, over 7000 Twitter followers, 1100 Pinterest followers, and hundreds of Google +, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn members. We provide an enormous amount of information and resources on these different sites. We encourage you to join and become a part of the discussion.
Is Counseling Insite run by an actual counselor?
Yes. Randy Withers is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS-A) and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in North Carolina. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. However, it is important to note that information on this site should not be considered a substitute for actual therapy. The mission of Counseling Insite is to educate, not to provide therapy. That is not allowed.
Does this site offer therapy?
No. This site offers information and resources. Our goal is to help you understand mental illness, learn where you can get help, and demystify the counseling process so you can get the help you need. We do, however, offer a forum so you can post questions, and we have linked to dozens of other online services that do provide services.
Is my confidentiality protected on this site? What do I need to know about privacy?
What is the difference between counseling and psychology?
Psychology is the study of the mind. Counseling, on the other hand, is the practical application of therapeutic techniques based on our understanding of the mind. Most therapists these days believe that the root of mental illness lies in something called cognitive distortions. In laymen terms, our screwed up thinking causes screwed up feelings. Counseling helps you identify these distortions so you can correct them.
What are the warning signs of severe depression?
Often, when people ask what are signs of depression, they fail to take into account that depression comes in many forms and presents in different way in different people. Depression often looks different in men and women and in children and in adults. As to what are the warning signs of severe depression, the biggest one is suicidal intent or ideation. Whenever a person begins to think about ending their own life it is a red flag that something is desperately wrong. If you feel like this, we encourage you to head to your nearest emergency provider or dial 911 for assistance. From a counseling point of view, this is as urgent as a stroke or a heart attack and must be addressed with the help of licensed clinical and medical professions. Please know that these feelings are temporary and many people who experienced symptoms of severe depression often make a remarkably recovery and go on to live full and productive lives. It certainly does not feel this way when you are feeling suicidal and searching the internet for least painful methods to commit suicide, but this is a treatable condition. Other symptoms can include physical pain, feelings of hopelessness and despair, insomnia, weight loss and anxiety. It is best to see a mental health professional though if you feel this way.
I'd like to write for your site and or volunteer my web design skills. Can I do that?
Absolutely. We’d love to have the help. Send us an email and we’ll go from there. We are happy to offer a byline for writers and free advertising space for graphic designers. We are averaging about 10,000 unique visitors per month, so you can get a decent amount of exposure.
Is this site complete or should we expect more?
This site is only a 1/10th finished. Once we get the design of the site under control, we plan to add close to 200 pages worth of information on a variety of mental health topics. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and addictions are just some of the many topics we will cover. This doesn't even include our Blog, Axis 6.
Why is your blog called "Axis 6?"
Thanks for asking - you'd be surprised how many questions we get about that. Until the release of the DSM 5, clinicians used to offer diagnoses along 5 categories, or axes. Axis 1 was your mental illnesses, like depression and anxiety. Axis 2 was your personality disorders, mental retardation, and developmental disorders. Axis 3 was medical stuff (co-morbidity). Axis 4 was environmental (e.g., problems with school), and axis 5 was a numerical score that "ranked" a patient in terms of the severity of their presenting issues. So Axis 6 is named after that, because there was no Axis 6, and darn it, we thought, maybe there should have been.
I've noticed this site uses humor from time to time. Mental illness is not funny!
No, it's not. But humor is an effective therapeutic intervention. It does wonders for depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc. Mental illness is not funny. But humor is quite beneficial, if used correctly.
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