Logistics + Process
Never been to therapy before? No worries. If you have any questions, just ask. Below is a brief outline of what you can expect, though everyone’s experience is slightly different when it comes down to it! Perhaps you’re wondering how long therapy lasts, how to get the process started, what we’ll start off talking about, or something else. If I don’t answer your questions below, please feel free to contact me.
Getting in touch & initial consult
When you reach out to me and let me know you’re interested in chatting, I will respond and set up an initial phone consultation with you (no charge!) to hear about what you’re looking for, let you hear about me and my approach, and make sure we’re a good fit. I’ll ask things like - “what is telling you that you should seek therapy at this time?” or “what do you think are the most important things for me to know about?”
After the initial phone consult, if you feel like you want to move forward, we will schedule an in-person session, confirm your fee, and handle paperwork. I will send you practice policies, privacy policies, and intake paperwork to fill out online before your first session.
Our first session will be about getting to know each other and ensuring we’re a good fit to embark on this work together. I’ll want to get to know you as a person, not just as a person with a problem, and I might ask questions about things like activities, experiences, and people that make you feel good, impressions of what you’re experiencing, your sense of identity, and so on. We’ll also go over policies such as confidentiality. At the end of session, we’ll schedule our next session and I will send you an invoice for your session fee.
Second session and beyond
At the start of session, I like to check in on what has your attention and what will be most helpful to have a conversation about that day. Sometimes our focus changes week to week, and sometimes we focus on the same topic for multiple sessions. Occasionally, I may arrive with some follow-up curiosity regarding our last conversation and have inquiries in mind. I encourage you to do the same!
At the end of a session, I typically check in to hear from you about what stood out to you during session, and what you’re thinking about from our conversation as we re-enter the day. I may reach out during the week to provide a reflection on my experience of our conversation, and to hear yours during our next session.
In my experience, clients often wonder how long therapy lasts, how many times they need to come to therapy, etc. The answer is that it’s different for every person. You may consult me a few times and feel that you no longer need to visit; or, our work may extend through months or even years, consistently or with long pauses - we can determine together what you need, and you always have the choice of when to pause or stop.
When I notice that it seems you’re not as preoccupied by what you came to therapy with, I may inquire about what kind of sessions or how frequently you’d like sessions moving forward. If you feel that you have a clearer picture or stronger sense of resolve around what you came to me to consult about, I encourage you to let me know so that we can talk about what our consultation relationship will look like going forward. Perhaps we’ll start every other week sessions, monthly sessions, or say goodbye with the knowledge that you’re always welcome to return if or when you need to.