Start Here: Getting Started & What to Expect

Start Here: Getting Started & What to Expect

If you’ve never worked with a therapist before, the process of getting started can feel a bit overwhelming.

You might be asking yourself, “where do I even start?”

The first step is to reach out to us. Click here to give us a call or send us an email.

Once you reach out, someone from our team will follow up with you to schedule a phone consultation – a 30 minute phone call for us to answer any questions you might have, as well as a chance to hear a bit more about you and make sure that we’re a good fit for what you’re looking for. If all goes well during that call, the next step is to schedule an initial appointment.

At this point, you might start wondering “What will therapy be like?”

At its core, therapy is really just an intentional conversation. Our goal is to first and foremost build a supportive, collaborative relationship with you, so we’ll spend our first couple of appointments getting to know you better. We’ll ask about what brings you to therapy and any acute symptoms you might be experiencing. We’ll also ask you to tell us your story – what was your family like growing up? What do your relationships look like with friends, family, and/or coworkers now? Were there any pivotal moments along your journey that we should know about?

The content of the conversation typically varies from person to person, depending on the specific situation. However, the ultimate goal is for us to get to know you better and learn more about how we can be helpful to you. In our first few appointments together, we want to help you create a plan that identifies where you want to go and how you want to get there. Counseling is a journey, and everyone’s journey will look different.

We go to great lengths to create a warm and inviting environment in our office. Our hope is that these initial conversations feel easy and comfortable. Also, we welcome your feedback along the way. Let us know if there is anything that we’ve missed, if something doesn’t seem to be working, or if we can do anything to better serve you.

For those that might be looking for a more detailed/logistical look into a typical counseling session:

  • Appointments are generally 45-50 minutes long.
  • If you are a minor, some of that time will be spent talking with your parent/guardian as well as individual time with you.

Hopefully that answers at least a couple of your questions. If you have any other questions about therapy or how to get started, we’d love to talk more. Click here to reach out.

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