Is counseling for me?
You may be thinking, “I can handle this on my own” but it’s becoming too much and beginning to affect your relationships. Someone might have noticed you are not the same and suggested you seek support. You don’t have to white knuckle your way through life. With help, it will be easier and you will feel more in control.
The first time stepping into a therapist’s office can feel awkward and daunting. That’s why the focus for our first session will be low pressure, just a chance for us to get to know each other and see if we are a good fit. We can go at your own pace and we won’t dive into that deep secret you won’t even write about in your journal (yet).
Are you a good fit for me?
Maybe you have had counseling before but the vibes just weren’t right. The relationship between therapist and client is the first and most important factor, even more so than the therapist’s training and education. It may take a few sessions to build trust and rapport in order to dig deeper into what is weighing you down.
What to expect:
1st step: We will schedule a free 20-minute consultation that can be done over the phone or in person. I will ask you a few questions about why you are seeking counseling at this time. This is a chance for me to be sure I can provide the appropriate level of care. This is also a chance for us to see if we will be a good fit for each other.
2nd step: We will schedule your intake appointment. I will email you a link to my online portal which includes an intake questionnaire, my policies, and all the necessary paperwork for us to begin working together. Everything can be completed online and is required before our intake appointment.
3rd step: Meet for our intake appointment. This will be another chance for both of us to be sure we are a good fit. This first session will just be about me getting to know you and what you would like to focus on in counseling. We will go over policies and confidentiality. We will discuss how frequently we will meet.
How to get the most out of counseling:
Show up to your appointments on time.
Don’t stop as soon as you “feel better.”
Honesty, Honesty, Honesty: you can only benefit from therapy as much as you put into it.
It’s okay to be angry with your therapist and express that to him/her.
Don’t tell your therapist “everything’s good” if it’s not.
Do your homework if it’s assigned.
It’s okay to disagree with your therapist and tell him/her.
If the session isn’t going where you want it, tell your therapist.
It’s okay to fire your therapist if you don’t feel like it’s the best fit.
Ask your therapist how you can get more out of therapy.