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FAQ'S

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I schedule and appointment?

Just call Greg at 704-787-1793, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.You can email him with your phone number and the best time to reach you. If he can’t answer his phone when you call, just leave a message with your name and phone number, and he’ll call you back as soon as possible. It’s confidential, he is the only one that hears the message, so you can leave personal information, if you would like.


Do you take insurance?

Yes. Accepted are most major health insurance plans, and managed care plans. Including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue shield, CMC/Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA), Cigna, Magellan, Medcost, Medicaid, United Healthcare/Optum Health, Value Options, and NC State Health Plan. Also, most major Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) are accepted. Including Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA), Network Advantage, Cigna EAP, Aetna EAP, United health Care/United Behavioral Health (UBH) EAP/Optum Health EAP, and more.


Will my insurance cover counseling/psychotherapy?

Probably. Most of the time insurance will cover counseling. Please contact your health plan and ask them what your benefits are for outpatient counseling in an office setting. The phone number is usually on the back of your insurance card. Just ask your representative what your co-pay is and if you have a deductible. Write this information down and bring it along with your insurance card to your first appointment. Your benefits will be verified after your first visit.


How long are appointments and how many will I need?

Appointments are approximately 50 minutes long. Most clients benefit from sessions once a week initially. Then, based on progress we can go to every other week and so on. Since each client is unique and has different goals, this varies. If the problems are relatively simple and clear, it may only take five sessions. If the issues are more complex and deep, it may take ten to fifteen sessions or more. Most of my client’s feel a sense of relief and insight within 12 sessions.


What if I am uncomfortable with the idea of counseling/psychotherapy?

It is better to face our problems then run and hide from them. People often try to distract from their issues with alcohol, drugs, avoidance, overextending, distractions, and other maladaptive coping strategies. Sometimes initially people feel a little worse before they get better. It’s kind of like exercise. You’re going to be a little sore when you first start. But it is well worth it! This is sometimes because some people have defended against negative feelings by denying, compartmentalizing, distracting, and avoiding looking at themselves clearly. It can be a little tense when the issues are first put on the table. However, these issues have a way of coming out in bad ways and controlling us, instead of us controlling the issues.

Psychologist in Charlotte NC

Psychologist in Charlotte NC



ABOUT ME

My name is Greg Preston and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have a B.A. In Psychology, and an M.A. In Counseling. I have over nineteen years experience working with individuals, couples, and families to help them lead more peaceful, productive and fulfilling lives. I believe that our relationships are key to our happiness and well-being, and that there is much we can do to enhance them and seek healthy connections. Some of the areas I treat are stress management, anger management, relationship help, addictions,  and OCD.


My mission is to inspire clients to grow personally and emotionally. Everyone has the right to be happy. Addressing your concerns through therapy can help. At Preston Counseling, I believe that therapy is a collaborative effort between the individuals and the therapist. Change is possible with understanding and empathy, and the right tools. When a client is an active participant in his or her treatment, and is committed to applying the knowledge gained through their therapy session to life, positive and powerful changes can happen.

The power to make positive changes is within us all. My intention is to provide a confidential, professional and supportive environment in which individuals and families can identify problem areas, explore what prevents the problem from being solved, and help you develop and learn skills that can enhance your quality of life.

My goal is to help you experience positive change as quickly as possible while respecting the complexity of your situation. I want you to feel comfortable with me and to trust that I will understand you and your needs. I will offer a truthful perspective on your situation. There ARE solutions.

A good rapport with your therapist is critical. I will begin by truly listening to you. From there you will see that my style is fairly active and open. Your experience with me will be professional, yet relaxed and informal. You can expect an objective, non-judgmental, and compassionate atmosphere that allows you to safely resolve your current struggles and make desired changes in your life.

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SERVICES

Are you overwhelmed with stress? Lacking motivation? In a challenging transition? Unfulfilled with the direction of your career, relationship, or life? It happens to the best of us. Perhaps the biggest challenge in life is not the challenges themselves, but in reaching out to others when the going gets tough. Whether it's being stuck in a rut, struggling with an addiction, burdened by an unfulfilling relationship, or wanting more meaning in career, relationship, or life. I can help.

 

Life can be hard and get pretty messy sometimes. If you're looking for a therapist, chances are that you're in one of those times and feeling unhappy, confused, or hurting in some area of your life. It's very likely you've already talked with family or friends and done what you know to resolve the issue, but find yourself still struggling with it. Wondering if therapy can help you? The answer is probably yes.I work with individual's and family's goals that they have for their lives; whether that's to feel better, capture more from life, have better relationships, or other objectives. I will actively and supportively help you get out of counseling what you want. Often the very crises that bring our suffering; loss, illness, relationship problems, career or financial setbacks, are our doorways to new life.

 

I can assist individuals, families with developing and maximizing their inner potential and strengths. Through years of education, training and experience, I will assist you in developing the skills needed to define your goals and identify a plan to achieve them. My goal is to help you reach the clarity that will let you feel confident in your decisions... And then to assist and support you to take the steps that lead into the changes you desire.

 

I provide counseling services to the Charlotte area for stress management, anxiety, panic, anger management, addictions, OCD, depression, and other areas of mental health and substance abuse. I work with a wide range of issues and disorders.  Including grief, anxiety, and individual's relationship struggles.  I have decades of experience helping people who struggle with alcohol, drug abuse and all sorts of addictions.  Including; gambling, sex, food, spending, workaholism, exercise, and perfectionism. In my work, I offer authenticity and direct communication as a compliment to my education and knowledge base.

 

The approach that is used in your counseling will depend upon your strengths, personality style, and the ways you organize and understand ideas. We will adjust how we work together to create the best fit for you. To help you get the results you want, and the most benefit from your time and efforts.

 VALUES

At Preston Counseling, I believe that everyone deserves to live a remarkable life! You are the priority, and I am committed to helping you discover the joy and satisfaction that awaits you. Whether you are suffering from the effects of a life change, a traumatic event, confusion in relationships, or simply want to learn how to move through life with greater ease and confidence, I provide a safe, accepting, and effective therapeutic environment. I am attentive to your desires, and I will guide you toward becoming your best self.

 

Creating a space where people feel supported and understood is what I strive for in the therapy setting. I will work collaboratively with you in an honest and compassionate way to help facilitate the change and growth you desire by creating a toolbox of skills that allow you to understand yourself better.

 

I am encouraged by the resilience of the human spirit. We have an incredible ability to heal and make meaning out of our lives. Within a comfortable therapeutic relationship that is built on trust, the power of telling one’s story is transformative and can provide the fuel for making courageous life changes.

 

All matters that bring us to counseling inevitably result in dissatisfying relationships. We often believe things about ourselves which aren't true. Errors in thinking can make us feel bad about ourselves and those in our lives. This may exacerbate depression, anxiety and our overall negative sense of self. Challenging these thoughts can give us new perspectives to help bring rapid change in how we feel.

 

I work to address both the problem that brings you to counseling and the inevitable relational strain. We will work together to help you find relief from emotional and relational pain and dissatisfaction, and we will work to give you hope for a more meaningful and satisfying life.

 

Call Preston Counseling today for your appointment and begin the satisfying life you want and deserve.

 

Preston Counseling
704-787-1793

 

 

 

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