April Cunningham
Licensed Professional Counselor

 

 

 April Cunningham, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Phone: (614) 657-2415

 

Information about April

I was born and raised in Columbus, OH. I received both my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Counseling from The Ohio State University.

 

I have been practicing in the field for over 8 years.

 

I work with individuals teen-aged to older adults, couples, and families. My practice primarily consists of those with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, career counseling, and relationships/communication issues.

 

My clients come from all races, backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. I am open to learning about all ways of living and will do my best to work within your cultural framework to achieve the peace and happiness you want.

 

I tend to focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy which focuses on re-framing negative thoughts to create new feelings, existential therapy that deals with how people put meaning on their life and how that meaning affects themselves and others, and narrative therapy that deals with the stories we tell ourselves.

 

I tailor my therapy to the client, so I will often incorporate other methods if I believe they will be helpful. I also believe in an equal relationship between the therapist and client as much as possible. You are in the “driver’s seat” of your own life, I am just here to offer you “maps” with alternative options to help you get where you want to go!


 

How Therapy Works

A counseling session generally consists of one 50 minute hour. In that 50 minute hour, I will spend my time gathering the relevant information about your history and situation, interpersonal relationships, and coping styles related to the problems to wish you work on.

 

Our first session is an assessment for both of us to determine if we are a good fit for each other.

 

Once we have a comprehensive understanding of the problems you face, we will begin to work on the solutions to your problems. These solutions can include talking to gather insight, learning new coping and communication skills, and exercises to gather data, change thinking patterns, and assess how treatment is progressing.

 

When appropriate, we can use role-play to practice new habits and communication styles. In order for therapy to be most successful, you will be expected to work on things we talk about both during sessions and at home in your daily life. If we determine that a specific technique may be appropriate for you, I will inform you of the purpose and process of this technique, and you will be given the choice of whether or not you would like to participate in the technique before the technique is used.

 

I practice in a holistic view, so if you are interested in learning about other types of complementary medicines/therapies that may be of benefit for you, I can provide referrals to knowledgeable professionals.

 

Risks and Benefits of Therapy

Some people find their level of personal distress temporarily increases when beginning counseling. This is because the process of working through personal issues can be difficult. Please keep this in mind and monitor your own level of stress throughout this process. It is important to be honest if you find yourself struggling so that we can work together to manage this increase in stress should it arise.

 

While it can be stressful to discuss and process personal issues, the benefits you can receive are immeasurable. Through counseling you can discover the personal struggles that keep you from being the happiest and healthiest person you can be. In our sessions together my goal is to help you facilitate self-discovery and self-healing.


 

 

 Confidentiality  

 

It is important that you understand that therapy is a completely confidential process. Except for the specific instances described below, you have the absolute right to the confidentiality of your therapy. I cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have told me, or even that you are in therapy with me without your prior written permission.

 

The following are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality. I would inform you of any time when I think I will have to put these into effect:

First, if I believe that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself, I may legally break confidentiality and call the police or the county crisis team.

Second, if I have good reason to believe that you will harm another person, I must attempt to inform that person and warn them of your intentions. I must also contact the police and ask them to warn your intended victim.

Third, if I you inform me of any incidents of abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult, I must inform Child Protective Services within 48 hours and Adult Protective Services immediately.

 

In all other instances, it is my ethical and legal obligation to keep our work together private.

 

Fees and Billing

I am able to accept OSU employee and student insurance.

Otherwise, I provide a flat rate fee for services:

$75…………………. 50 minute session (couples, families, individuals, and career counseling)

$100 ………………... Resume/Cover Letter review and updates

$200………………… Career counseling package

includes:

 

  • two 50 minute career counseling session on topics of your choice, including career interests and development, job search skills, interviewing, resume building, cover letter writing, and other career related topics

  • Resume/Cover Letter review and updates

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* A sliding fee scale may be offered on a limited basis for those with proof of financial need *

 

Please call or email with further questions or to discuss possible therapy services! I look forward to working with you.

April Cunningham

Licensed Professional Counselor

(614)  657-2415