Month: February 2017

8 Questions Your Therpist Will Ask

 Prepare For Your First Therapy Session With 7 Question

Finally! You find the courage to schedule your first therapy session but you don’t have the slightest idea on what to expect during your session. Besides, the only therapy session you ever encountered were scenes from your favorite movies. You know, the scene where you your body is stretched across a long couch and your eyes are shut closed; or is that just a therapy session cliche.

Will the therapist asks me questions like how does this make me a million times? What types of questions will I be asked by my therapist during my session?The first rule of thumb is to go in with an open mind.

Your first therapy session is similar to an interview, like most interviews we prepare ourselves. We’re usually asked the same question ‘tell me about yourself’? We put together 8 questions that your therapist will ask in some sort form.

1 |  Goal-oriented opening questions

  • What are your best hopes for our talk today? (solution oriented)
  • What would you like to be different when you walk out of here today? (change oriented)
  • What is your main concern today? (problem oriented)

2 | Relationship-oriented opening questions

  • Whose idea was it for you to be here today? (for an initial session)
  • Who is with you in this room today (figuratively speaking)?

3 |  Evaluation-oriented opening questions

  • So, what’s been going well? (solution-oriented)
  • What is different today from the last time you were here? (change-oriented)
  • What, from last session, impacted you this week? (change-oriented)

Montville Counseling Center offers therapy sessions to provide guidance and tools to live a happy and healthy life. We offer a FREE 30 min look me over session to start! Call us now (973) 331-0043

How To Relieve Stress Using Your 5 Sense

Do you often find yourselves worried about occurring events that are happening in your life? Does your worries turn into stress? As we go through life we sometimes encounter stress, a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Stressed can be caused at any given time in our personal life, friendships, relationships, financially, or even at our workplace. Although it is very common to stress, it can become harmful to your well being emotionally, mentally, and physically. The key to living a stress free life is to find healthy ways to relieve your stress.

Let’s go back to our earlier developing stages as a child; when we were developing and recognizing our 5 senses; our sense of taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing. We learned that we use our 5 senses everyday. Here’s a list of a few daily activities using our 5 senses that relieve and reduce stress.

Seen of Sight

  • Read a good book
  • Watch your favorite film
  • Engage your visual sense in painting or photography
  • Allow yourself to daydream for 10 mins
  • Use visualization techniques
  • Evoke good memories from look at memory or story board

Sense of Smell

  • Burn some armothoggy oils
  • Enjoy the aroma of scented candles
  • Do some baking – the mixture of aroma and soothing movements
  • Enjoy outdoor smell from walks in the country or near the sea
  • Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Sense of Hearing

  • Sit outside and enjoy the sounds
  • Listen to your favorite piece of music
  • Listen to a motivational recording
  • Play a relaxing CD

Sense of Taste

  • Chew a piece of gum
  • Eat a piece of dark chocolate

Sense of Touch

  • Squeeze a stress ball
  • Pet an animal – particularly cats, dogs and rabbits
  • Wear soft warm clothing
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Get a Message
  • Exercise – especially yoga and pilates

Montville Counseling Center offers therapy sessions to provide guidance and tools to live a happy and healthy life. We offer a FREE 30 min look me over session to start! Call us now (973) 331-0043


5 Facts About Pet Therapy

According to Mayo Clinic Pet Therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses pets like dogs and other animals. The purpose of pet therapy is to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, including heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose such as providing comfort.


  1. Reduces stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Also helps increase self – esteem and improve social skills
  2. Dogs and Cats are pets that are used for pet therapy
  3. Animals and owners must go unders screening and certification process
  4. Provides motivation to move more, stretch, and exercise
  5. Petting an animal can cause endorphins to be released. Endorphins are chemicals in the body that suppress the pain response

Here at Montville Counseling Center we offer pet therapy. Pet Therapy can be requested during sessions. Our comfort pets in our practice are Willow, a Pekingese who is small, white and loving. Willow, will sit on the couch and sleep next to our client, waiting to be petted, and to snuggle.Peanut, a large black Lab, who will rest on the floor next to your feet, also enjoying giving you comfort and friendship.

Distance Therapy Session

The biggest fear of starting therapy is opening up to a complete stranger, talking about your issues and not being judged for it. Face to face sessions can be frightening for the first time. I am sure anyone who’s been to therapy could agree.

Distance therapy also known as a phone therapy session. This form of therapy has evolved over the digital years. Distance therapy has become a trendy form of therapy session amongst those who are living life on a constant go. The convenience of distance therapy has provided an option besides the traditional in-person therapy sessions. A recent study found that more than half of clients 58% who have experienced both in-person and phone counseling preferred phone counseling. They’re many benefits to distance therapy including travel and time convenience and most importantly comfort.

That’s right! Phone therapy session can be done in the comfort of your own home, your lunch break, in between classes, or even at the end of your hectic day. Distance therapy can easily become a part of your day-to-day life without having to adjust your schedule, set up a reminder or create another to do list.

We live in an era where life can get ahead of us sometimes, causing us to forget to take care of the most important person; ourselves. Our mental health is important to our well being. Besides who doesn’t want to live a fulfilling life? A life filled with peace and happiness within ourselves. Montville Counseling Center extended our forms of services to meet the needs of our clients that are on the go constantly, whom live ‘a crazy life’ or have a ‘busy schedule’.

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