The first 75-minute session helps us determine if it is beneficial to work together. During that time, we go over details of therapy, office procedures, your rights as a client, limitations, etc. so that you can make a fully informed decision about starting therapy.
We also answer two important questions. First, do your concerns fall within my area of expertise? It is important that I get to know you and your concerns, your history, and as much information as possible in our time together. Second, does this feel like a good fit for you? Research shows that the trust in the therapist is vital for success.
If I can help with your concerns and you feel comfortable, we work on identifying therapy goals and developing a plan for working together. If not, I work with you to help find someone that best matches your concerns and expectations. Ultimately, therapy is about YOU – finding the best match for your challenges and expectations is really important, whether it is with me or another therapist.
Each individual, marital, or family session typically lasts 45 minutes. Your goals largely determine how often we meet and how long therapy lasts. I work hard to stay focused on your goals. I check in every few sessions to make sure we are talking about relevant issues and making progress. It is important you feel each appointment is productive.
Therapy ends when you are comfortable with the progress you have made towards your goals and objectives.