Knowing what to expect can make new experiences easier. In that spirit, here's a snapshot of the steps in the therapy process.
Set Up An Introductory Phone Call
Call or email me to set up an initial phone call. In your message please let me know some good times to reach you. The introductory call is usually about 15 minutes long. On the call, I'll ask you to give me a snapshot of what's going on for you. I'll also ask you what you are looking for help with. Even if we decide not to meet, I may be able to help you by suggesting other resources or providers.
Review My Welcome Packet
If we decide to meet in person, I will send you my Welcome Packet to orient you to my practice. Before the first appointment, set aside some time to review it.
Print and complete the Information Form and Consent form. To protect your privacy, print and complete the hard copies and bring them in with you to the appointment rather than emailing them to me.
You may feel both eager to get going and a little apprehensive about starting therapy. Usually after a meeting or two, people start to feel more comfortable as the setting and process become more familiar.
Come in to Meet
Please bring the completed forms with you to the intake appointment. When you arrive, buzz yourself in and take a seat in the second floor waiting area. I will come out to greet you.
The first appointment is usually longer (75 minutes) than usual sessions (45 minutes). It is a time for you to share your story, ask any questions you have, and get an initial read on whether I am someone you think you would like to work with. If you have been in therapy before, I would love to know what about it worked or did not work for you.
I will orient you to my office policies and procedures and ask some questions to get to know you better. If we decide to continue, we will set up a time for your next appointments.
Complete the Initial Assessment
The next 1-3 sessions are the initial assessment period. During this time, I'll begin to get to know you better in order to clarify if we seem to be a good fit to work together. This includes learning about your concerns, life story, relationships, strengths and goals.
At the end of the initial assessment period I will share some impressions with you. I'll invite you to share feedback with me. We'll talk about next steps, the time frame and the goals for your therapy. We may decide at this point that it seems you would be better served by another provider, in which case I will offer you referrals.
Regular Therapy Begins
Regular therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes long, once a week. This may vary depending on the person and the situation. Sometimes people come in for longer or more frequent sessions if they are having a hard time or going through a stressful period.
Making change takes effort and a certain amount of consistency. In general, this means meeting weekly. Attending regularly helps you get the most benefit from therapy. If you find yourself feeling reluctant to come, just let me know. It's absolutely fine to raise with me. In fact, I'll appreciate your telling me.
The therapy room is intended to be a safe space where you can be curious about yourself and your life, and forthright about both the challenges you are experiencing and your hopes for the future. Part of my role is to try to provide a compassionate environment for clients. In return, I ask that they express themselves as openly and honestly as possible. This includes feedback about what is working and not working for them in therapy.
My recommendations may include referrals to medical doctors, couples or family therapy or recovery programs. Some clients are referred to specialists for focused treatment to address their needs.
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I look forward to working with you. Contact me today to get started.