Therapy with me usually starts with a brief discussion over the telephone. You share with me the reason(s) you are seeking therapy at this time and I answer any questions that you may have about how I practice. I may also ask you a few questions about your current situation and background. During this conversation, we discuss fees and schedules and if after talking for a little while we both feel that we would be a good fit for one another, we set up a first appointment.
During our first appointment, I will explain the conditions of treatment (such as the limits to confidentiality required by my profession) and provide you with a consent form to sign. I will then gather personal information from you, such as address, date of birth and emergency contact information. After the paperwork is complete, I will invite you to tell me more about yourself and what you hope to gain from therapy.
This first meeting allows us to get to know each other better and is where we start to build a working alliance, also known as a therapeutic alliance. A therapeutic alliance is created when a sufficient amount of trust has been developed that allows for client and therapist to work together effectively.
The therapy process is about a client and a therapist working collaboratively to help the client with whatever seems most important to the client. You bring your expertise of yourself and I bring my training, experience and commitment to help you achieve your goals.