Making an Appointment
Often, people are hesitant to start therapy because they don't know what to expect. Finding the right therapist and getting started with the therapy process can feel like an overwhelming task. Its important that you and your therapist are a good match. For that reason, we offer free phone consultations prior to scheduling your first appointment. In this phone conversation, we'll try our best to answer your questions about the practice, approach to treatment, and my training. This will also give us an opportunity to discuss schedules to see if ours will line up. At the end of this discussion, you should have an idea of whether or not you'd like to set up an appointment.
The first appointment
For your first appointment, you'll spend the first few minutes filling out paperwork and the rest of the appointment time meeting with your therapist to discuss your needs. We'll ask you about your current struggles and goals for therapy, while also gaining a basic understanding of your personal history. Because the human experience is complex, the assessment process may last for multiple sessions as we try to better understand your strengths and your struggles.
Will therapy really help?
The results of therapy are based on how much you engage in the process and put concepts into practice outside the therapy room. There is a common misconception that therapy is just 'venting' or talking to someone who passively listens. Those who are committed and engaged will see the most benefit. In reality, therapy is what you make of it.
how can therapy help me?
There are many different ways that therapy can help you, all done in the context of a meaningful and supportive relationship.
Set specific life goals
Identify areas of your life that you'd like to change
Identify long standing patterns in your life
Clarify your values based on what's truly meaningful to you
Gain a better understanding of how your mind works
Identify where you frequently get stuck when moving towards your goals
Learn coping skills
Learn how avoidance and problem solving can often cause more problems than it solves
Gain a fresh perspective and honest feedback