Two Mountain Metaphor
A description of the ACT relationship is exemplified by the Two Mountains Metaphor: Therapist: It’s like this. You and I are both kind of climbing our own mountains of life. Imagine that these mountains are across each other in a valley. Perhaps, as I climb my mountain I can look across the valley, and from my perspective, see you climbing your mountain. What I can offer to you as a therapist is that I can comment from my perspective, to give you my viewpoint from outside of your experience. It is not that you are broken; it is not that I am always skillful with my own barriers. We are both human beings climbing our mountains. There is no person who is “up,” while the other is “down.” The fact that I am on a different mountain means I have some perspective on the road you are traveling. My job is to provide that perspective in a way that helps you get where you really want to go.
How It Works
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If you are ready to schedule your session, you will be prompted to register on our client portal. As you register you will be asked for some personal information including your email address. Next you will receive an email to confirm your registration.
After you receive your confirmation email you will be able to complete your booking. After ou login, you will need to confirm our forms electronically. Next, select your preferred time on our online calendar, choosing your preferred counselor from the
Frequently Asked Questions.
Learn more about starting therapeutic services with Mountainside Counseling.
Are all services virtual?
Yes all sessions are online. We have found, and studies show, that online sessions are just as effective as in person sessions. Use our contact page to reach out to us if you want to discuss online counseling & if it is right for you.
Do you accept insurance?
At Mountainside Counseling Center we are not an in-network provider, but we access out of network benefits for our clients. If you have out of network we can submit the information to find out your reimbursement, submit the claims for you, and reimburse you according to what your policy allows.
Do I have to come every week? And how long do I have to come?
How long do I come?
Are you going to tell me what to do? If I want to leave my relationship are you going to try to get me to stay?
You really are the guide to the direction we take in our therapy. I am a direct therapist, and I don’t hold back on offering my take on things-but no, I will not be telling you what to do, trying to convince you to either stay or leave, or presume to know what’s best for you.
I will, however, take your direction on what you want out of therapy-and help you make the healthy wise decisions you need to make for yourself. And we can take as long as you like to decide, because doing nothing while we look for clarity is in fact doing something.