What to Expect
Entering therapy can be scary! If you've never gone before you might not know what to expect.
First, research your options using resources like Psychology Today or Good Therapy. You want to look for someone who resonates with you. It's also good to get an idea of what approaches they use to see if they fit your own style. A good connection with your therapist is critical to long-term success so don't worry about being picky.
If you're interested in one of our therapists, you can schedule a free phone consultation with us. Here we will briefly discuss your issues and goals so you can get an idea of our style and if you think we'll be a good match. Make sure you indicate which therapist you're interested in when contacting us or we'll be happy to match you based on your needs and personality. Compatibility between therapist and patient is a key indicator of success, so please don't be afraid to express your concerns.
If you decide to make an initial appointment, we'll connect you with our receptionist so she can verify your insurance and let you know any out-of-pocket expenses you might incur.
Once we meet for the initial session, you will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire and sign off on legal documents required for therapy to occur. Then we'll talk. The initial stage of therapy is simply us getting to know one another. You can learn your therapist's style and we can begin to learn about your experiences, beliefs, emotions, and relationships. This information is critical in order for us to help. We won't pressure you to disclose anything you're not comfortable with but eventual openness is critical for therapeutic success.
We move at your pace
Therapy will move at whatever pace you're willing to go. You don't have to worry about us pressuring you to discuss topics you're not ready to discuss or push you to do anything you're not willing to do. Therapy is an hour a week that's all about you. We can talk about whatever you want or spend it quietly sitting together. Our first job is simply to support you. Eventually, after we've gotten to know one another, we might suggest new perspectives or activities for you to try that have been helpful for others. However, at the end of the day, it's all up to you!