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Many people have questions about the process of counseling.  


Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.


What is Sex Addiction?

It is critical to understand that sex addiction is a person's “solution” to pain, past trauma, and anxiety.  In other words, sexual addiction is actually a coping mechanism for other problems. The main issue of sex addiction is not the need for more sex, rather, it is to control and avoid pain. This is similar to how an alcoholic or drug addict uses alcohol or drugs to avoid their pain.  

 When someone uses a coping mechanism repeatedly, over time the body adjusts to the point that it requires that continued level of activity in order to feel balanced.

A sexual addiction occurs when sexual experiences become a central focus of a person’s life and they begin to neglect other relationships and commitments in life such as family, friends and work obligations. The sex addict has lost the power to choose or control their sexual behavior.

How does counseling work?

People seek counseling for many different reasons:  crisis, grief associated with loss, major life changes, or simply the desire to improve relationships or find personal happiness.  Counseling begins through an initial meeting with the therapist to gather information and history in order to develop a plan to meet the needs of the client. Counseling may include individual, group, and/or family sessions.

How long is a session and how often will I meet with a counselor?

An average session lasts 45 to 50 minutes. A person may come to counseling once or twice or choose to continue regular counseling until they have met their goals. The number and frequency of sessions depends on several factors, including but not limited to: the goals established in therapy, severity of the issues, and the client's willingness to actively participate. This will be determined by you and your counselor.

How much does counseling cost?

Each individual session costs around $125 depending upon the experience and training of the counselor. This fee will be collected at the start of each session.  Group counseling is typically $40-$55 per session.

Will what I share be kept private?

All of your conversations with Waterstone Counseling Center staff are completely confidential. We are committed to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality (except where mandated otherwise by law, as in the case of child and/or elder abuse, or imminent danger to yourself or others).

Do you offer services to teenagers?

Yes.  Teenagers are often helped by having individual sessions, participating in a group, or through family therapy.

What kind of training does your staff have?

Each of our staff members has either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling or psychology, and is licensed by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling.

Our staff members also have specialized training in specific areas of need.  Please review each counselor's bio for more information about their advanced specialized training.

Will my insurance company pay for counseling?

Many insurance plans reimburse for some portion of psychotherapy.  However, Waterstone Counseling Center counselors are not all contracted with insurance companies.  Please give us a call or email if you would like to know which of our counselors accept insurance.

What if I have to cancel my counseling session?  

There is no charge for any session cancelled with at least 24-hour notice prior to the scheduled appointment.  Sessions cancelled with less than 24-hour notice will be assessed a $125 fee.

What are your hours and where is your office located?    

We have daytime, evening, and weekend appointments available depending on your counselor.

Our office is located at:
2002 South 48th Street, Springdale, Suite F
Springdale, Arkansas 72762


Our suite is located in the Milestone Construction building – please use the side entrance to get to our office.”

How do I start counseling?   

Simply contact us and we will match you with a therapist that best meets your needs.  The therapist will contact you to discuss an appropriate schedule for your first appointment.  


Call us at (479) 202-6300 or email us at Sean@waterstonecounseling.com




There are two ways to setup an appointment with Sean McDonald:

1) Fill out the Contact Form and Sean will call you with 24-hours; 2) Call the office at 479-202-6300.