Your First Appointment
Our first session is important in developing a useful and understandable view of your difficulties and goals. You're probably not expecting "all the answers" at the end of our first visit and that's fine. However, its reasonable for you to leave with a feeling that I understand you and your concerns and have provided some understandable ideas on how we would work together and what I would do for you.
I can also explain how to know if you're making reasonable progress toward your goals. There are a variety of things that can be done in this regard. You shouldn't have to wonder or be in doubt about whether you're making progress. Its fine to ask at any time if therapy is helping. No therapist should be offended by this question or vague in their response.
Change happens both within and outside the therapists office. I can explain what you can do both within our sessions and between appointments to enhance your progress. And I 'd be happy to talk to anyone (family, friends, other health care professionals, and others) who can help me understand you and your situation.
Finally, I'll certainly let you know if I know another therapist or community resource that can better meet your needs.
If you are coming for individual therapy I'd recommend our initial meeting be 90 minutes instead of the usual 45-50 minute session which can feel a bit rushed for our first get together. Ninety minutes will give us plenty of time to both understand your concerns and for me to explain how I might work with them.
If you are coming for couples counseling I'd also recommend an initial visit of 90 minutes for the same reasons. However, its usually best to have an hour and fifteen minutes for the regular weekly meetings. I typically meet with both partners on the first visit. Its also very helpful for me to meet at least once with each partner individually.
This allows me to see what each person is like without the other present. This is optional but can be very useful.
Policies and Procedures
You may download these documents by clicking on the link above. Should you decide to fill them out at the office, please arrive 20 minutes in advance of your appointment time. Please fill out all client information, read the details of each policy and bring it into the office. You may wait until we meet in person to sign the forms so that we can discuss any questions or concerns you may have.