What happens during my first appointment?
The first meeting, which is sometimes called an intake appointment, is an opportunity for you to share your story and concerns. I will spend a lot of time listening to you, and I may ask questions to clarify your thoughts. We may also talk briefly about your general goals and what you want to be different in your life.
How often do appointments occur?
Most people find that meeting with a counselor once a week works best, as that allows them to make progress more quickly. However, if you have another appointment schedule in mind, please feel free to share your thoughts with me during our initial consultation. I will do my best to accommodate your needs.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do?
You will get the most out of therapy if you are true to yourself, if you’re engaged in the process, and if you actively participate in your sessions. Consistent attendance is also important. Missing appointments can stall progress.
How long do people attend therapy?
It varies since every client has different needs and goals. Sometimes counseling lasts for a matter of months, and sometimes it lasts longer. As we work together, we will regularly assess your progress towards your goals. This will give you an idea of where you are in your therapy journey, and it will allow us to make any necessary adjustments.
How does counseling end?
Most therapy naturally comes to an end after the client reaches their goals. However, you can stop therapy at any time, for any reason. If you’re feeling the need to end therapy soon, I encourage you to communicate this to me directly, as it will allow us to plan a more satisfying end to your counseling experience. I want to make sure you leave feeling supported, with the resources you need to be successful.