Our first conversation
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation for you to get a sense of who I am, and for you to decide if you would like to meet with me for further therapeutic work. During this phone call we can set a time for your first session and you can ask any questions you may have about your first visit.
Our first session
When you first come to the office, please bring my consent form for treatment, as well as a background form so I am able to know a bit about you. If you are unable to print these documents before your visit, please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment to complete them. Our first session will be 60 minutes in length to assess your needs for counseling, address any questions you have about therapy, and together we will decide on a focus for our sessions. I treat this first session as a time for you to interview me and help us both decide what approach will work best for you. I understand it can be difficult to open up about some of the difficulties that may bring you in to see me, and I value the first step you have made to engage in this process.
I find it is often necessary to have three to four sessions to really get a feeling for whether or not my approach is a good fit for you. After your first session, therapy will be 45 minutes in length. Together we will determine how long therapy will last and how frequent you would like to meet. Sometimes, working more intensely over a shorter time is best for some people. I encourage you to communicate how therapy is going for you and if we need to change things to make it work better. I always recommend a final session no matter how long someone has been with me because it helps to provide closure and direction for the next step in your life.