Once you reach out to us via phone or email, we will have an initial phone conversation to determine goodness of fit and discuss practical considerations, such as appointment availability, payment options, and practice procedures.
General Process of Therapy
When you come into our office for your first appointment, we spend some time orienting you to the process of psychotherapy, explain how it works, what you can expect from therapy, what we expect from you, and most importantly, we assess whether we are a good fit for working with one another. The session will then primarily focus on a detailed evaluation of your presenting issues, the goals you want to accomplish in therapy, and our assessment of whether we can successfully accomplish those goals by working together. We understand and respect that you want to feel your therapist can help you, and we want to ensure that we are the right people for the job. This assessment may take place in one meeting or over the course of a few meetings.
Our approach is specifically tailored to each individual client – we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with you to develop an accurate conceptualization of who you are and the issues that are getting in your way. This enables us to formulate a treatment plan with the greatest potential for success. Treatment may involve gaining an in-depth understanding of your history, it may be more practical with suggestions of behavioral techniques you can begin to learn and practice, or it may be a combination of both. Whatever we do will be targeted towards meeting your specific needs. We know that you are putting time, money and effort into therapy, and we do our absolute best to ensure that you are getting as much from it as possible.
Duration of Therapy
Some people have fairly straightforward goals to accomplish, while others have more complex issues to address over longer periods of time. Either way, our common goal is for you to remain in treatment only as long as you need it. We will work together throughout your time in therapy to constantly assess your changing needs and track your progress towards the identified goals.
We encourage you to play an active part in the process, and we work hard to ensure the treatment is productive and useful for as long as you are there.
Frequency of Therapy
Typically, clients come to therapy on a weekly basis, however, it can be tailored to your particular needs. Some clients need more frequent sessions (ex. 2x/week) and others need less frequent meetings (ex. every other week).
We will determine together how frequently to meet and can remain open to making adjustments over the course of treatment.
Collaborative, Non-Judgmental Nature of Therapy
We believe that therapy should be a collaborative process, and we invite you to ask questions at any point. We encourage you to be proactive in the treatment so that any concerns are made explicit and can be adequately addressed. We also know that it can sometimes be hard to share personal information with a stranger. We strive to enable you to feel as comfortable as possible throughout the therapy process by handling sensitive topics in a completely professional manner. We create a non-judgmental environment by not evaluating if you are “good or bad,” and instead remaining focused on helping you to achieve clarity, understanding and resolution of the issues causing distress and interference in your life.
We understand that therapy can sometimes feel like a daunting process. However, having seen tangible results through our customized approach, we strongly believe that we can be effective and helpful in your quest for change and relief. We are committed to delivering a service that you will feel satisfied with, so call us today to get started.