Set Up An Introductory 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. I'll ask you to give me a snapshot of what's going on for you. Even if we decide not to meet, I may be able to help you by suggesting other resources or providers.
Prepare for First Meeting
Before our first in-person meeting, I will email you a link to my secure client portal. You’ll read through my practice policies, complete a questionnaire and provide your credit card and contact information. Moving forward, you'll have access to the client portal for billing information or to cancel or schedule appointments.
You may want to prepare for the first meeting by writing down key points or questions you’d like to raise. You may feel both ready 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 familiar.
Come in to Meet
Please yourself in and take a seat in the second floor waiting area. I will come out to greet you. The intake appointment is usually longer (75 minutes) than usual sessions (45 minutes). It is a time for you to begin to tell your story, ask questions 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’d 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. I'll want to learn about your concerns, life story, relationships, work, 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’d do my best to you help you with referrals if you’d like them.
Continue with Regular Therapy
Regular therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes long, once a week. This varies 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.
Therapy is intended to be a safe place 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.
Book an Introductory Call Today
I look forward to working with you. Contact me today to get started.