One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “What should I expect when working with a therapist?” I understand how anxiety provoking it can be to think about calling a professional for help.
Perhaps you have spent months researching symptoms, trying alternative methods or just hoping that your troubles would go away on their own.
If this is you, then don’t worry because on average, most people think about calling a therapist for about 6-8 months before they actually pick up the phone and make an appointment! So the fact that you have landed on this page and are thinking about making this commitment puts you in the perfect spot to chat with me about how I can help.
CHOOSING A THERAPIST
I think it is so critical to feel connected to your therapist. It is terrifying to think about trusting someone with your personal and private information. I value the relationship between therapist and client and I like to give people the opportunity to chat with me on the phone first before they even commit to their first session.
We will start with an initial 15-minute phone consultation where I can better understand your goals for therapy and how I can best serve you as a therapist.
THE FIRST SESSION
Once you determine that I would be a good fit for you, we will schedule our first session. The first session with me is an intake session where I will ask you some general questions about your life and your background so I can get to know you. That session is about 55 minutes long and I like to use that time to make sure that I clearly understand your goals so I can best serve you.
By the end of that first session, my mission is to have a deeper insight into what is troubling you so we can work collaboratively in the process.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME TO THERAPY?
In the beginning of therapy, most people commit to coming in once per week in order to get the most of out the process. Weekly therapy usually offers people the most relief and helps them work through their struggles at a more consistent pace.
The time that you spend in therapy will vary greatly depending on your needs and what goals you have for yourself. I always aim to come from a place of service for my clients and I strive to support you through the process.