What happens in the first psychotherapy session?
Your first session will be 60 minutes in length. During this time, your therapist will want to learn about what brings you in, your current and past experiences, relationships, strengths, struggles, and goals. Based on this evaluation, your therapist will share with you impressions about what your work together might entail. You will be able to ask any questions about this process, voice preferences or concerns. You will find that empathy, nonjudgment and positive regard are cornerstones of our approach to psychotherapy. It is very important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable; the first session will help you determine if your therapist is the right fit for you.
How should I contact you and what will happen during initial contact?
Please call the general number or use the form on our website if you would like to inquire about our psychotherapy or workshops, are not sure which therapist would be the best fit for you, or would like to gain assistance in figuring out whether to pursue any of the services we offer. In case we are not available to speak with you when you call, kindly leave a voicemail message and we will respond to you promptly.
During the initial phone conversation or email exchange, we will inquire about your reasons for seeking services, answer any questions or concerns you may have, discuss the fee, location, scheduling and goodness of fit. We will also ask you to complete the intake paperwork prior to your first session.