Starting therapy can be an overwhelming experience for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re considering therapy, it’s important to understand what the process entails so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s right for you.
The first step in starting therapy is finding a therapist who meets your needs. This can involve some research on your part to identify therapists in your area who specialize in the issues you’re facing, such as anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. You may also want to consider factors like the therapist’s gender, age, and personality to find someone you feel comfortable opening up to.
Once you’ve identified a therapist, the next step is to schedule an initial appointment. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about your concerns and goals for therapy, and your therapist will ask questions to get a better understanding of your situation. This initial session is also a chance for you to get a sense of whether the therapist is a good fit for you and whether you feel comfortable working with them.
After the initial session, you and your therapist will work together to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. This may involve setting regular appointments, developing coping strategies, and learning new skills to help you manage your emotions and improve your overall well-being.
It’s important to keep in mind that therapy is a collaborative process, and you’ll be expected to play an active role in your treatment. This may involve completing homework assignments or practicing new skills outside of sessions.
Over time, you and your therapist will work together to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed. Depending on your goals and the severity of your symptoms, therapy may be short-term or long-term, and it’s up to you and your therapist to determine when it’s appropriate to end treatment.
Starting therapy can be a life-changing experience, and with the right therapist and treatment plan, it can help you overcome challenges and improve your quality of life. If you’re considering therapy, take the first step by reaching out to a therapist in your area today.
The Exact Process ( for those of us with anxiety)
1. First you request an Appointment through the portal, by clicking the “Schedule an Appointment”button and choosing a time and date that works for both of us.
2. I receive your request and approve it within 24hrs (normally faster) and send you all the documents you will need to sign and complete.
-If the appointment is for you I will send you an adult intake form where you can describe in as much or as little as you want as to your reason for seeking counseling (if there’s no reason and you just want someone to talk to-put that).
– If the appointment is for your teen, I will send you two intakes. One for you to fill out ( Minor Intake Form) and one for your teen to fill out ( Adolescent Intake Form).
– If the appointment is for your child age 12 and below I will send one intake form (Minor Intake Form) for you to fill out.
-If your appointment is for couples counseling I will call to collect your partners email and send both of you intake forms (Couples Intake Form).
3. Your Initial Appointment
You will come inside and take a seat in the lobby, until your session. Your session will contain a brief overview of confidentiality and practice policies. The rest is your time to talk and for me to ask questions. I don’t have magical answers but if you want to walk away from your first session with a practical tangible solution to try- communicate that to me. If you want to vent and not be asked 21 questions-communicate that to me. You get where I’m going with this right? Communicate your needs to me and I’m going to do my best to fulfill them, that is my job. You can’t hurt my feelings or make it awkward.. there is no pressure, it is a judgement free zone.
4. At the end of your appointment we will book you follow up session. We will decide together, based on your needs, schedule, and budget, what will work best. Whether that is weekly therapy sessions, biweekly (every other week), or even multiple times a week depending on what you are going through. Monthly appointments are normally for clients who have been working with me for a while and ready to progress to more of a check-in stage.