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Starting therapy is a vulnerable experience, regardless of whether it's your first time or if you've been around the block on your healing journey. Here's what to expect in your first session with me.


Initial Paperwork

Initial Appointment

Subsequent Sessions

Things you need

Initial paperwork

Prior to your initial appointment, you will be sent some intake paperwork through a secure client portal. These documents are to be filled out, reviewed, and signed prior to your intake. The paperwork consists of: Informed Consent, Notice of Privacy Practice, Consent to Treatment, and the Client Information Form. I require paperwork to be completed before scheduling our first session.

How it starts

Initial Appointment

Your first appointment is an opportunity for us to do a vibe check on each other. I will learn about you and your concerns, as well as give space for us to determine if we are the right fit for each other. This is generally a 50min-60min session, though may require a second session depending on the circumstances.

We will begin with discussing important aspects of therapy, including the limits of confidentiality and teletherapy policies. The majority of the appointment will be dedicated to discussing your concerns, relevant history, and hopes for therapy. A thorough intake evaluation enables me to make initial diagnostic impressions and preliminary recommendations and options for therapy, which I will share with you at the end of the appointment. 

It's important to me that not only do you feel comfortable with me based on my website and vibe in session, but that I'm a good clinical fit and able to treat the concerns of which you are seeking therapy. If we both decide to work together, we will conclude with any questions you might have and discuss next steps for therapy. If we decide that you will be better served by a different therapist, I am happy to assist you in finding another therapist.

How it follows

Subsequent Sessions

The frequency of appointments and length of treatment will depend on the nature of your goals and the kind of work we do together. I typically start with meeting with clients weekly to get accustomed to the work, although this can vary based on treatment goals and your preference. I actively take into account time you're able to dedicate to therapy in addition to finances, and collaborate with you on what you believe is best keeping in mind those added common stressors.

Some people require a brief period of therapy lasting a few months while others need a year or longer to reach their goals. This will be an ongoing conversation we will have during our work together to ensure you are finding therapy helpful and are making progress toward your goals.

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