What to Expect
While some clients may have been to therapy before, to those who have not, knowing a little of what to expect can make the process easier. Here is a snapshot of the process. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions along the way.
It is normal to feel both excited and apprehensive about beginning therapy. Most clients usually start to feel more comfortable after a meeting or two, once they understand the process and get to know their therapist. If you find you are feeling reluctant to begin, or to continue sessions, just let me know.
A safe and trusting relationship is of utmost importance when considering your therapist. The initial sessions help both of us to get a gauge on if we will be a good working pair to help meet your needs.
First contact: Call or email me to explore your needs with me further. Togeher we will discuss what is on your mind and whether an initial session is the next step. If we decide not to work together, I still may be able to guide you to the appropriate resource within the community. I look forward to speaking with you.
Before your first session: Once we have made your first appointment, you will receive an email that contains a welcome package with information and forms to help orient you to my practice. I recommend you complete these forms before your session so that we have more time in session to explore your needs.
Initial Intake: The intake session is different than weekly psychotherapy sessions in that we will work together to identify presenting problems, explore your history, and identify your goals and what you hope to gain from therapy. This session runs roughly 75 minutes and is a time for me to get to know you and your story. Together we will develop initial goals for treatment and further explore what you can expect from treatment and my practice.
If we decide to continue working together, further appointments will be scheduled at this time.
Weekly sessions: These sessions run approximately 45-50 minutes. Most clients begin with weekly sessions, although this can vary depending on the person and their situation. Therapy is most beneficial when approached with consistency and requires differing amounts of time for different people.
My approach is to encourage and allow you to bring to session whatever topics which are important to you. My goal as your therapist is to help you process these experiences in such a way that you genuinely feel your feelings, and can gain insight and perspective into your thoughts and behaviors. Together we will seek to understand how your current factors and historical factors have led you to where you are now. We will seek clarity so that we can use this information to develop and implement appropriate solutions to transform you, your relationships, and life.