Knowing a little bit about what to expect can make new experiences easier. In that spirit, here's a snapshot of the steps in the therapy process. I am happy to answer any questions along the way.
Contact Me for a Phone Consultation
Call or email me to set up an initial phone call. All you need to know for this call is what is on your mind. I am happy to speak with you about any questions you have about therapy, even if you are not 100% sure it is for you.
Even if we decide to not meet in person, I may be able to help you by suggesting other resources or providers. I look forward to speaking with you.
Review the 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, please set aside some time to review it. Print and complete the Information Form and Consent form.
It is common to 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. 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, speak about what brings you to therapy, and ask any questions you have. It gives both of us a chance to see if we seem to be a fit to work together.
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.
Share Impressions and Discuss Goals
The first 1-3 sessions are an initial assessment period. During this time, I'll begin to get to know you. This includes learning about your concerns, life story, relationships, strengths and goals.
I will share some initial impressions with you and invite you to share feedback with me. We then generate initial goals for your therapy together. This includes conversation about what approach and time frame seem to make sense for you.
Your Therapy Begins
Regular therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes long, once a week, although this may vary depending on the person and the situation.
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.
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.
Recommendations may include referrals for couples, family or group therapy, sex therapy, recovery programs or consultation with medical or psychiatric providers. I often suggest adjustments in aspects of clients' lifestyles such as exercise, sleep routines, screen time and caffeine/alcohol consumption to align with their mental health goals.
Book a Consultation Today
Life challenges present the opportunity for growth. I look forward to working with you. Contact me today to get started.