Our approach is unique for each individual, each couple, each family. Creative. Direct. Solutions-focused. Patient. Kind. Perhaps even humorous. Counseling and therapy are hard enough, so let us make it can be a positive experience. Our space is warm, safe, and comfortable. Our approach is casual and welcoming. Our wish is your growth and fulfillment.
What can you expect from your first counseling and therapy session?
- Intake and consent for treatment: You’ll fill out these forms ahead of the session – either download them from our website – or fill them out in the waiting room. They’re standard office procedure for most that ask for information about you and require you to sign your consent to engage in the therapeutic relationship. Fees and office policies are also laid out.
- Assessment: If you’re in our office for individual therapy – there’s likely something you’re in distress about. We’ll want to hear about how you define the problem. What are you looking for help with? If there are uncomfortable symptoms associated, we’ll want to assess the level of severity as well as knowledge about your support system, your coping skills, etc. At some point, we might talk a little more about how we work as it applies to your issue, give you a chance to ask questions, etc.
- You get to tell your story: We’ll ask you to tell your story as to how you think it might relate to your current problem. It may not be obvious to you, and that’s ok. Our job is to put the pieces of your life puzzle to begin to look for possibilities. We’ll ask about your family of origin, important relationships, childhood, and other questions. We likely won’t get your entire story in one session, but we’ll begin to look at it.
- Wrap Up: In the last few minutes of the therapy session, we will try to wrap things up by summarizing what information has been revealed. We will probably ask how you’re feeling after the session and offer you an opportunity to ask questions. If it feels like there is a good therapist-client fit, then we’ll move forward together.
The counseling and therapy first session is really about information gathering and the very beginning of establishing the therapeutic relationship. We cannot stress the importance of the “therapeutic relationship.” Research has shown that this is one of the most important elements behind success for people in individual therapy. It is paramount that the highest level of trust and emotional safety is established in the environment of the therapy office. From there, we determine what support and visit frequency you need to move forward.