Starting therapy can bring up feelings of anxiety or uncertainty. Asking for help, facing painful issues, or talking with someone you just met about your problems may, understandably, feel vulnerable or awkward.
I am respectful of the courage it takes to make the leap from considering therapy to actually initiating that first step. I will do whatever I can to help you feel comfortable, welcome, and informed.
Free phone consultation
I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation prior to setting up an intake appointment. This offer extends to each person who is participating in the therapy. Purposes of the phone consultation:
- You would like feedback on how I might help you
- You have questions about my specific services, fees and availability
- You aren’t sure about whether counseling is for you
After our phone consultation we will schedule an intake appointment. Once the intake appointment is set, I ask prospective clients to download and complete the background form and review my Psychotherapy Services & Policies. If either of us gleans from our phone chat that we wouldn’t be a good fit, I will be happy to offer you other resources and referrals.
The primary purpose of this 50-minute intake appointment is for us to make an assessment about whether or not we each feel we would work well together as client(s) and therapist. During the intake appointment you will have the opportunity to:
- Share with me the issues that bring you to counseling
- Outline the changes you hope to make
- Ask any questions of me as your potential therapist
- Review key points of policies
I welcome you sharing your concerns about therapy and what you would need to feel safe and
comfortable. Towards the end of our conversation I will offer you a general assessment of what your therapy process could entail. If all parties agree then future therapy appointments may be scheduled in this session. If not, I will be happy to give referrals.
How to schedule therapy appointments
- Request a “standing appointment:” pre-schedule several appointments by reserving your same time slot each week. Because my schedule is often booked out, I urge clients who have a particular time of day or day of the week that they prefer, to schedule several sessions in a row so that their timeslot is reserved for them.
- Schedule as you go: schedule your next one or two appointment(s) during the final minutes of your session.
- Schedule appointments via email or voicemail.
At the beginning of the second session we will finalize reviewing and signing the paperwork. The rest of the second and the third session you will share details about your background, we will discuss your therapy goals and treatment plan, and we will continue to learn about how to work together as a team. We will begin building the foundation for you to make the changes you want to make.