Therapy Nuts & Bolts

How do I know if therapy is for me?

Therapy is for everyone- there is no problem too big or too small for therapy. Everything is fair game here.

What can I expect from the first phone call?

The first phone call lasts between 10 and 15 minutes. I will ask you a few screening questions to ensure that I am the best fit for your needs in therapy. I am also happy to answer any questions you have for me about the therapy process.

What paperwork will I need to fill out?

Once we have scheduled your first session, I will send you a link to my secure client portal and all of the initial paperwork can be completed prior to the first session.

What can I expect from our first few sessions?

During our first few sessions, I will complete a detailed assessment with you where I will be asking you a LOT of questions! The first few sessions are a deep dive into all aspects of life – family history, work life, friendships, childhood, and any other significant life events. This process allows me to learn about a mulititude of factors that could be contributing to present-day problems. It is also an opportunity for me to learn more about what is important to you (and less important) as you begin therapy.

There may be some things that you would like me to know for the purpose of the assessment, but aren’t quite ready to talk about yet – that is completely okay. Think of this session as establishing a road map for the journey, where ultimately you are deciding where we go and determining the pace when you are ready.

After completing this initial assessment process, we will collaboratively create a treatment plan. The purpose of this plan is to make sure that I have correctly understood what matters to you and what you would like to work on in therapy. If there is a clear diagnosis at that time, I will also provide this on your treatment plan.

It is important that you evaluate your comfort in working with me as your therapist in the first few sessions. If you find that we are not a good fit, I am happy to refer you to another mental health professional. The therapeutic relationship is essential for good therapy to take place.

What happens to the information that I share with you in therapy?

Everything that you tell me in therapy is confidential. This means that you can say absolutely anything and it stays between you and I. There are a few exceptions to this:

  • You are at risk of harming yourself
  • You threaten to harm others
  • A child or elderly person is being harmed
  • You have asked me to collaborate with another person or professional and have signed a release of information for me to speak with them

How frequently do we meet?

I typically meet with clients on a weekly or biweekly basis. Therapy provides the maximum benefit if our meeting times are consistent. As treatment progresses, we generally decrease session frequency. Our goal is often for you to eventually “graduate” from therapy to where consistent appointments are no longer a necessity. Although many of my clients go through this graduation process over time, I do also do long-term work with some clients who feel that regularly meeting for therapy is something that they would like to maintain. Other clients only need a few sessions or “as needed” sessions. We can talk together about what frequency of therapy will best meet your needs.

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