Great question! When you make the decision to begin counseling, you take a huge step toward obtaining mental and emotional health for yourself and your relationships (aka: feeling better!). However, I understand that if you don’t know what to expect from the process, it can feel a bit scary. Please know, one of my top priorities is that you feel safe in process of therapy and in our therapeutic relationship. If you have any questions or concerns as we begin, please bring them to my attention before or during our first session.
Upon scheduling your first appointment, you will be sent some forms to complete and I will review them before our first session. These forms will provide me with some information about you, but also give you additional information about the counseling process with me.
When you arrive, please have a seat in our waiting room at the Wellness Center or in the Telehealth waiting room. At your appointment time, I will greet you and invite you into my office. Here you will be invited to share your story and we will begin to identify why you are seeking help at this time. I will find out from you what is not working and help identify ways we can work together to make it better. Our first session will primarily be a time to identify what brought you to therapy as well as to establish your goals for therapy. This early time is significant as I come to understand your history and any other contributing factors related to your therapy goals. If all goes well, we will then decide how often we will meet and what issues we will work on together.
Keep in mind that therapy is a team effort, and as a team our purpose is to accomplish the goals you desire to reach. I want to encourage you to be realistic and patient about this process as therapy is rarely a quick fix, but rather a rich process that requires time as well as a trusting relationship built between us.
I sincerely look forward to meeting you!