First Session


What do I do in therapy?

What do I talk about?
What should I expect when I call?
What should I do to prepare for the first session?
How do I invite my loved one to therapy?

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You may be asking yourself some or all of the questions above when thinking about beginning therapy. Making the choice and taking the steps to begin therapy can be difficult for many of us because we are unsure what to expect. Below are some descriptions that may answer some of your curiosities.

What do I do in therapy?
In our first few sessions, we will make a plan together about what you want therapy to be like and what goals you want to set. For clients who have a clear idea of what they want therapy to be, I will mostly follow their lead. For clients who are unsure, I will offer ideas and ask about past therapy experiences and impressions to help guide me about their preferences.

What do I talk about?
In the first sessions of therapy I like to learn about you and give you a chance to learn about me as well. I might ask you What brings you to therapy, What is important to you or What are the things that are most important for me to know about you?

What should I expect when I call?
When you call, or receive a call back from me, I will ask you some questions to get to know you and what is going on for you. This phone call is confidential and should last around 10-15 minutes. The phone call is an opportunity for you to learn more about me if you have any questions before deciding to schedule a free 30 minute consultation session.
If you decide you are interested in scheduling I will ask about the following information:

  • Your basic information like your name and date of birth
  • Your Contact Information (Phone number, address, e-mail)
  • Your availability for scheduling a session

Consultation sessions are often scheduled within 1-2 weeks.

What should I do to prepare for the first session?
You can do as little or as much as you like to prepare for the first session. Some clients make lists of things they want me to know or concerns they have. Others simply attend willing to go with the flow. I welcome anyway you would like to prepare.

How do I invite my loved one to therapy?
Sometimes one person of a pair is ready for therapy while the other is still considering it. It can sometimes be helpful to try out therapy together for a session or two and then decide if you want to continue. It can also be helpful to talk together about what are your expectations, concerns and hopes for therapy. This conversation can take place before your first session or during your first session with a therapist. Some of my clients have also found it helpful to talk with me on the phone about their hesitations before trying therapy.
If your loved one is completely unwilling, its good to remember that therapy often works best when a person is ready and willing to attend. It’s best to avoid convincing someone that they need therapy and is more productive to instead talk with them and allow them to decide whether they are ready and willing to try it.

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