What to Expect
Step 1 - COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION
We will begin our work together with a 15 minute phone consultation. The purpose of this consultation is for you to share a bit about your current situation and goals for therapy. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about me, my approach, fees and scheduling. At the end of the consultation, I will provide suggestions for next steps and if we decide we might be a good fit, we will schedule an initial intake appointment.
Step 2 - COMPLETE AN INTAKE PACKET
I will send you a digital intake packet to complete before your first session. The packet includes consent forms and questions about you and things you may have been struggling with. We ask that you complete these online forms before our first appointment so that I have sufficient time to review them in advance of our meeting.
Step 3 - INITIAL ASSESSMENT SESSIONS
*Please note that due to COVID-19 all therapy sessions, including the initial assessment, are being conducted through our HIPAA-compliant telehealth system.
In the initial session you will have the space to share more about your background, concerns and goals for treatment. I will also ask you a series of structured questions to gain a better understanding of your needs. We will need two hours to complete assessment, which can be done in a single two-hour session, or split across two one-hour sessions.
A good therapeutic relationship is a major element of treatment success. For this reason, I encourage my clients to use this first session to consider if they feel comfortable with me as a therapist. I will also assess if I’m the best person to help with your particular concerns. If your needs do not align with my expertise, I will help connect you with another provider in the community who is better suited to help.
At the end of the initial assessment session(s) I will share my impressions and treatment recommendations. If we decide to continue to work together, we will then put together a personalized treatment plan and schedule for regular ongoing sessions.
Step 4 - ONGOING TREATMENT SESSIONS
Ongoing therapy sessions are 50 minutes long. I typically see patients once or twice weekly. We will decide together on a course of treatment, and will discuss how long that is likely to take. I believe it is important to continuously monitor progress toward your goals, and to reevaluate treatment duration if necessary. For this reason I will occassionally ask you to complete a symptoms questionnaire to monitor progress and ensure that our therapy is providing the change you desire.
I prefer to set a weekly appointment time; however, if you are unable to schedule on a regular basis at the same time weekly due to an irregular schedule, I will do my best to work with you to accommodate your schedule.