Meeting a therapist for the first time can bring about a variety of emotions. Feeling nervous, cautious or even excited, may be part of your experience.Therapists know this. I know this, because I've gone through it myself. To that end, we try to make the experience comfortable, safe and supportive. It’s important that you have an opportunity to ask questions. As your therapist, I will review the consent to psychotherapy form you received with your welcome package, discuss risks and benefits to therapy and explore privacy and confidentiality.
During our initial session, I will ask you what brings you to therapy, questions about the symptoms you are experiencing, and if there are other concerns you have. It’s likely you will be asked about your level of stress, sleep and your use of drugs and alcohol. If you have worked with a therapist in the past, I may inquire about your experience with that practitioner and goals you worked on during that time. I want to understand your work and relationship history, as well as your childhood experiences. If you have been diagnosed with something such as Depression or ASD, I encourage you to share that information.
The purpose of collecting this information is to create an individualized service plan to support you to reach your goals. Like the vision you have for the future, this plan will anchor our work together. Following your initial session, we will discuss goals for change.
Clients will often ask about how often they should come to therapy. Like your goals, this question is best addressed in session. Flexible scheduling, including early morning, evening and weekend scheduling allow you an opportunity to create time in your schedule to address your needs and support your goals. Every session is yours. I’ll listen to what it’s like for you to understand. I strive to create a long lasting relationship with you, where you feel seen, respected and supported.
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