What  to  Expect

Step 1 - COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION

We will begin our work together with a 20-30 minute initial video consultation. The purpose of this consultation is for you to share a bit about what you'd like to work on in therapy. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about me, my approach to therapy, 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 our first appointment.

Step 2 - COMPLETE AN INTAKE PACKET

Using the SimplePractice Client Portal, you will be sent an intake packet to complete before your first session. The packet includes a welcome document outlining JacksonPsych practice policies, consent forms and a few questionnaires about you and things you may have been struggling with. We ask that you complete these 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 consultation, are being conducted through SimplePractice, 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. 

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 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 occasionally ask you to complete a symptoms questionnaire to monitor progress and ensure that our therapy is providing the change you desire.

I generally recommend setting a weekly appointment time, but I know life doesn't always happen as scheduled!  If you are unable to meet at the same time weekly due to an irregular schedule or unexpected circumstances, I will do my best to work with you to accommodate your schedule. You will also have the option of scheduling appointments online through our Simple Practice Client Portal-- this feature allows you to see all available time slots and request appointments as needed.