Whether you are interested in doing individual, relationship, professional or group work, making the decision to get help or guidance may bring up questions about about how to proceed and what to expect. The idea of talking with someone you just met about changes you want to make may, understandably, feel vulnerable or awkward.
I am respectful of the courage it takes to make the leap from thinking about it to actually initiating that first step. I will do whatever I can to help you feel comfortable, welcomed, and informed.
Free phone consultation
I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation prior to setting up the first 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.
- It gives us an opportunity to connect with each other and see if it seems like we may be a good match to work together.
After our phone consultation, if it seems like we could be a good fit, we will schedule the first appointment. Once the intake appointment is set I ask prospective clients to review my Services & Policies and to complete a background form that I will send to you.. 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.
During this first meeting, you will have the opportunity to:
- Share more with me about the changes you are wanting to make and why
- Tell me more about yourself and, if we decided to work together, how I may best help you to feel supported, understood and comfortable
- Ask questions about my services, style, and initial observations and assessment
- Review key points my of policies and procedures
If all parties agree, then future appointments may be scheduled in this session. If either of us thinks we would not be a good match, 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 be able to share more information about your background and current life circumstances. We will discuss your goals and together develop a plan on how to proceed. 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 so that you can become more of the person who you want to be.