What do I bring to our first session?
Just bring yourself and either the paperwork I emailed you when we set up the appointment or I can give it to you in our first meeting.
What can I expect in our first session?
You set the pace. We will get to know each other and why you are seeking therapy at this time. I will ask questions about your background and your current life situation. You can share what you feel comfortable sharing and choose not to share other things until you feel comfortable doing so.
What is your cancellation policy?
I protect the time we meet and save it only for our work together. I realize at times you may need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. I require a 24 hour cancellation notice so I can offer the appointment to another client waiting for an appointment.
How do I get in touch with you?
If you need to reschedule, are running late or have an administrative issue, you can call, text, or email me. If you are having a difficult time and need to speak with me, please call or text me and I will arrange a time we can privately communicate. I work really diligently to be available within 24 hours of your call/text/email. If you are in crisis, please contact 911.
How long will I be in therapy?
It can be difficult to put a time frame around therapy. Part of my goal is to help clients get to a point where therapy is no longer necessary. I frequently check in with clients to assess how we are doing and what we are working on in therapy.
How often do we meet?
It is important for momentum and the establishment of the counseling relationship to meet weekly at first. I am open to discussing all options as I know counseling can be hard to fit in your schedule and budget. Making it a priority and giving this gift to yourself and your relationships will payoff.
Why don’t you take insurance?
There are several reasons I don’t take insurance. I want to know that none of my session specific information and notes go to a third party. I want to be able to have a reasonable case load so I can give each client my full and undivided attention. I do not want an insurance company to tell me how often or long I can see someone – that is up to us to explore.