What will my first appointment be like?
You will be seen by a staff therapist. You and your therapist will determine which of these professional services best fit your needs. You are eligible for unlimited sessions whenever sufficient progress is made and clear goals defined.
There are risks to psychotherapy. The first and most important one is that people often feel worse as the therapy progresses. Therapy can complicate your life. After all, you may discover you have feelings about people that you never realized you had. You may want or need things you had overlooked, and may not have access to them yet. You may have had experiences in the past that must be reconciled, and sometimes that is cumbersome. Couple therapy without both partners may increase the risk of separation. Therapy may results in a sense of memories that depict abusive episodes; these memories should not be automatically construed as fact since memories can be created after the fact.
Some clients develop strong feelings about their therapists. Please do not offer gifts or ask your therapist to relate to you in any other manner than the professional context of the counseling sessions. You will be best served if our relationship remains strictly professional and if our sessions concentrate exclusively on your concerns. You will learn a great deal about your therapist as you work together during your counseling experience. However, it's important for you to remember that you are experiencing your therapist only in a professional role. Please note to protect your confidentiality, your therapist will treat you anonymously in public unless you initiate public interaction.
In your first session, your therapist will review your intake paperwork (First Appointment Form) and provide you with their disclosure statement, which describes the therapist's qualifications, etc. Your therapist also will discuss the importance of your feedback about your experience with your therapist. You will be asked to complete a 30 second survey at each session that is used to keep track of your progress. At the end of each session, you will be asked about your experience with your therapist during that session. This information is used to ensure that you are getting what you want out of the clinical relationship. Your satisfaction is our priority. You may review the Consent Form that you will need to sign at the initial appointment.