Las Vegas Therapist

Inner Quest Therapeutic Center in Las Vegas

Caring, effective & confidential treatment… for the entire family.

All of us have a remarkable ability to heal even the deepest wounds and then transform ourselves beyond what we were.

Comprehensive counseling services in a safe, confidential, and nurturing environment.



Q. How serious does my problem have to be to see a therapist?

A. If it is serious enough to bother you, it is serious enough to seek help. If it is often on your mind, it is probably affecting your life both at work and at home. You don’t have to try to work it out on your own. We can help. There is a better way.

Q: What is the difference between psychotherapy and counseling?

A. Therapists provide both psychotherapy and counseling. Some people prefer the word counseling to psychotherapy, because they think that psychotherapy should be reserved for people with deep psychological issues. The truth is that psychotherapy can be used for both deep issues and personal growth issues.


Q: What Psychotherapy is not?

A. Psychotherapy is not what you think.  It is not a massage and it is not advice. It is not "unconditional positive regard" either, although sometimes that’s part of it. There is nothing wrong with support and nurturing, but they are not, by themselves, psychotherapy. You need to feel you can trust your therapist, but it’s not necessary that you always be comfortable. In fact, if your therapist’s questions don’t stir up a little discomfort, you may not be getting anywhere.

Q: What Psychotherapy is?

A. Psychotherapy is not what you think it is about how you think.  Psychotherapy calls attention to unrecognized assumptions in how you think.  It makes a distinction between what you think about and how you do that thinking.  It is less concerned with looking for causes to explain what you do and more concerned with discovering patterns in the meanings you make of what you're doing.  Psychotherapy is about how you live with your emotions.  It is about the perspectives you bring to relating with the people who matter to you.  It is about what you aspire to in your life and how you may unwittingly make it harder for yourself to reach those goals.  It is about being helped to see that the change you seek is already latent within you.  It is coming to recognize and appreciate the spark of something eternal that is your core.  Psychotherapy is not what you think; it is about how you live with yourself right now.
James Bugental, PhD


Q: What is relationship counseling?

A. Relationship counseling is the process of a neutral therapist or counselor talking with the parties in a relationship to help recognize and better manage or reconcile troublesome differences. There can be many kinds of relationship counseling but the most common are couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling. Typically, two or more people agree to talk with a counselor together and discuss specific issues that are causing stress in their relationship.

Q: What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

A. A family's patterns of behavior influences the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is interviewed - it is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded.


Q: What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

A. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT stresses the fact that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. Brief and time-limited, CBT includes rational emotive behavior therapy and cognitive therapy.

Q: What is Life Coaching?

A. Life coaching is a new type of therapy that helps healthy people to realize their goals in work, family and life. Although many psychologists also consider part of their treatment to be a form of life coaching, this therapy doesn't focus on treating mental illness. Executive coaches, for example, may be enlisted to help a chief executive become a better manager.


Q. How can I be sure the things I tell a Therapist will be kept confidential?

A. Confidentiality is the law and our therapists are fully compliant with Federal Privacy Laws. For more information about the Federal Privacy Laws click here (PDF).  However, there are instances – under court order or if you pose a threat to yourself or someone else, where the therapist may have to disclose certain information shared.

Q: We are undergoing fertility work.  Can a therapist help?

A. Yes, studies have shown that reducing stress can have a significant effect on the outcome of assisted reproduction.  Fertility treatment is physically, financially, and emotionally overwhelming and it adds tremendous pressure on a couple.  Counseling, either individual, couple or in a support group can be of great assistance.


Q: We are considering adoption.  Can a therapist help??

A. Yes, the decision to adopt a child can raise significant issues that may or may be apparent. If left unresolved they can add tremendous stress in a relationship impacting the entire family.  Couple and even family counseling can be of great assistance.

Q: I have children and so does my fiancée.  Can family counseling help in the transition?

A. Yes, Step or Blended families are common in our society, but they bring a new set of complications and personal dynamics into the home and as well as into the extended families.  Identifying issues and taking preemptive action can forestall serious problems later on.   Both Couple and Family Counseling can be of great assistance particularly if there are teenagers involved.


Q: If I have insurance or an EAP why would I choose not to use it? 

A. Insurance and/or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may or may not help you pay for certain types of psychotherapy. But remember, even if your insurance covers the treatment there are other issues to consider.

Some of these factors may make using your insurance a less attractive option when seeking therapy. It is important to make an informed decision when deciding to use your insurance to pay for counseling.