What To Expect
Step One: Connecting
The process is really quite simple:
- We begin our work together with your first call or email to me, I then set up a time with you to talk via phone for about 10-15 minutes.
- This first conversation is an opportunity for me to get to know you a bit and to better understand why you are seeking out therapy and a time for you to ask any questions you might have.
- If it sounds like we are a good fit to work together based on this conversation, we will schedule a time to meet for your first session.
- We meet for weekly sessions for as long as needed. Sessions are 50 minutes in duration and are scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. My office hours are from generally 9 – 4 on those days and we meet in my downtown office.
Step Two: Let’s Get To Work!
There are a few factors that I have found to be key determinants in ensuring therapeutic success:
Commitment: The therapeutic relationship, like any other worthwhile endeavor requires time, energy, and effort. Counseling is one of those “you get out of it what you put into it” experiences. I strongly suggest weekly sessions to anyone considering psychotherapy, particularly at the outset of the work, with a minimum of 8-12 weeks to dedicate to consistent weekly meetings.
Intention: Having some sense of what you are hoping to get out of the experience of therapy can be beneficial, even if that sense is vague at first. In the beginning, you may or may not know exactly what you want to achieve through the therapeutic process, and that is just fine. Often times, plans crystallize as a part of the process and aims come into focus as we explore your situation. At other times, individuals enter into therapy for one reason, and find that other issues surface and become the focus of the work for some time.
Willingness: The psychotherapeutic process is one of inquiry and exploration. A part of my job is to ask questions, to clarify and help us both deepen our understanding of what appears to be happening in your life. Staying open, honest, and curious will serve you in your endeavor to get where you want to be.