Therapy is an intimate, deeply personal, and relational process. It’s important to us that you feel listened to, understood, and validated.
First Step: Be Curious
Once one becomes curious about one’s thoughts and feelings, rather than just embattled by them, you are ready to embrace and benefit from therapy. We hope you like what you have read about us and are now ready to reach out.
Second Step: Schedule a (Free) Consult
You don’t always get to choose your family, teachers, or bosses. You do get to choose your therapist! We want you to feel confident about your decision. This is why we offer a free consultation by phone for us both to assess the “fit.” If we are not the right fit, we will do our best to help you find a therapist who is.
Third Step: Become A Client
All our clients have access to Simple Practice, an online paperless portal that is HIPAA secure and encrypted, for paperwork, reminders, automated payments, and telehealth. All client forms are housed in the portal for electronic signing. We ask that you complete all paperwork before your first appointment and set up autopay as well. We are happy to help submit for reimbursement for those with insurance that is out of our network.
Fourth Step: The First Session
The first session is an opportunity for you and your therapist to get to know one another. It’s an opportunity for you to share your concerns and your goals, to ask questions about your clinician’s style and background, and to address any “housekeeping issues.” It’s an opportunity for us to confirm you understand practice policies, informed consent, and confidentiality. In this session, we will inquire about your past history, your present life, and your future intentions. We will listen closely to better understand your struggles, to identify your strengths, and to clarify what has and has not worked in previous therapies if any.
Fifth Step: Settling In
In ongoing sessions, we will co-create a treatment plan that focuses on what needs to be accomplished in order to create a healthier you and will remain open to talking about what is working and what we may need to change.
Last Step: Saying Goodbye… for now
Therapy isn’t meant to last forever. When our work is done, we celebrate with you all you have accomplished and we say goodbye for now with you knowing that our door is always open.
*Please note: Your clinician may take concurrent notes during the session either by pen and paper, digitally, on a tablet, or on the computer with a split-screen. It’s perfectly ok for you to be curious about these notes and to even ask about them if you like.
*All counseling sessions are approximately 45-55 minutes in length depending on the needs of the individual and the type of therapy offered.