WELCOME TO YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT!
After scheduling your initial appointment, you will receive an email inviting you to complete forms via our client portal:
You will complete your initial paperwork online and submit it electronically, no printers or scanners required! (fast and easy)
If you cannot do so online or prefer a paper intake, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete paperwork.
Insurance card (if possible) or a photo on your phone of front and back of card
Any relevant documents you would like to share with therapist (records, writing, video or any other content)
Any notes or questions you may like to share or review
For child therapy, please allow your child to bring any comfort object with them from home that will help them feel safe.
What to Expect:
Your first appointment will be 90 minutes long and after this, most sessions will be an hour in length.
The first session will be focused on establishing a safe and trusting, open and honest relationship. Two questions will be the focus of the first session.
1. What do you think I need to know in order to help you?
2. What changes are you looking to make in yourself, your life, your relationships, or circumstances?
By the end of the first session, we will have a mutually agreed understanding of one another, the approach and goals of therapy, and a tentative plan of how to get there.
Typically, therapy is recommended weekly for the first six to eight weeks and then adjusted as needed. Therapy can be biweekly, monthly, or as requested to fit your needs and schedule.
Child Therapy: The therapist will meet with you and your child together for the first session to observe your interactions and help children feel more at ease.
Adolescent Therapy: The therapist will want to meet with you and your teen together for the majority of the session. If your teen requests to meet alone with the therapist, this will be only with your approval.
Couples Therapy: The first session will be about your relationship and what changes you are looking to make. This will be a joint session as your relationship is the client.