You are ready to take care of all that stuff you have been avoiding for so long. Now what?
How do I get started?
First, schedule a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation.
After you schedule your consultation, I will send you one page questionnaire to complete. During the consultation, we will talk about why you are seeking counseling services and I can answer any questions you have.
This consultation appointment will help us both figure out if we are a good fit.
What is a good fit you ask?
This means your current struggles match my area of expertise, my fee is within your budget, our personalities mesh, and our schedules work out, and you are ready to do most of the heavy lifting, aka put in the work, with support along the way of course.
If it is match made in heaven as they say, the next step is to set up your next appointment over the phone.
Once this appointment is set, I will send you an email with instructions on how to set-up your online client portal and how to access the secure video platform we will use for sessions. Find out more information on how online counseling works.
What is the online client portal?
You will have your own personalized client portal where you will be able to schedule your appointments 24/7. You will have access to secure messaging with me in between sessions, and billing documents. All of the intake documents that you need to complete before your first session will be sent through your client portal, which makes things super easy for both of us!
Before your first appointment?
I recommend a practice run where you use the online video platform we will be using for session and make sure everything like your camera, microphone, and speakers are all working. Then make sure all the required intake forms are completed. On the day of your appointment, all you have to do is log-in about 5 minutes before and you will be all set!
During your first appointment?
I will be focusing on learning about all areas of your life, such as your hobbies, strengths, family stuff, medical history, and much more.
We will also talk about what your goals are and what you want to get out of therapy. Your first appointment helps build a solid foundation and lets me know what you would like for the focus of therapy to be.
If you are nervous, welcome to the club. It is completely normal to feel nervous about your first therapy appointment. You have never done this before and now a stranger (me) is asking you all of these personal questions. I completely get it! Even I was nervous when I first started my own therapy. With time, we will get to know each other better and hopefully you will feel less and less nervous.
Have more questions because this therapy thing can be confusing? See below.
Do you have availability?
Yes currently accepting new clients! Schedule now.
Why don’t you take insurance?
Great question. Find out why here.
Why is your fee so high?
Another great question. I believe if you do not put value on your work no one will. I believe in my work. I know if we are a good fit, I can do good work with you.
I have spent a lot of time and money investing in my craft and because of this I have to set my fee to match my investment. Although sessions are 50 minutes, I spend a lot time, at least an hour, outside of sessions researching, reading, and training to continue to hone my skills and make sure I am aware of and prepared to utilize a lot of the suggested best practices.
If my fee doesn’t match your budget, please shoot me an email and I will be happy to send you my referral list for other therapists who might be a better match financially.
How do I know I need counseling?
Tough one. If you are asking this question, my guess is you probably could benefit from it. I don’t like the word need because I equate this with a necessity and if you don’t have it, you won’t survive. More than likely you will survive even if you don’t get counseling but I believe anyone and everyone can BENEFIT from counseling. It is an opportunity to focus on you and just you. When do we ever do that in life.
What do I need to do in sessions?
Be yourself! Don’t you love that answer (I think I can feel the eye roll from across the screen). Cheesy but true.
In session, I need you to be open to the process. Know it’s going to be awkward at first. It is going to be hard. There are going to be many weeks you just don’t want to come. Come anyways.
In order for us to do our best work, you have to be willing to peel back the layers and do the work.
As I have said before and I will say again for the people in the back, therapy once a week for 50 minutes is NOT going to change your life, you have to be willing to make changes outside of session.
How often do I need to come?
I recommend weekly at first so we can get to know each other better since research shows the stronger the therapeutic relationship (between client and counselor) the better the outcomes for the client. As we continue to build a relationship, we will check-in periodically and reassess where you are to where you would like to be and adjust our sessions accordingly.
How long will I be in therapy?
Again it depends. Sometimes it takes longer to get un-stuck in the patterns you have learned to survive for the past 20 years. It is hard to put a time frame on healing but it can take anywhere from 6 months to several years. I am game if you are!