During our first session (intake session), I will gather information about your history, current strengths, struggles/areas of concern and your goals for treatment. This will be a time for you to ask any questions that you may have and to determine if you wish to proceed with ongoing therapy. I strongly believe that individuals should feel comfortable with the therapist that they choose and, hopeful about therapy.
In the next several sessions you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts, feelings and perceptions and request assistance with certain situations/issues that arise between sessions as we also collaboratively work toward achieving the treatment goals established during the intake session. An important part of therapy will be to practice new skills and monitor certain behaviors/thoughts. There may be times you are asked to do some “homework” in between sessions that may consist of reading and completing handouts, keeping records or practicing a specific skill.
The length and frequency of our therapy together will be determined by your specific needs and goals. We will periodically evaluate your satisfaction and progress. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to address them with me. In the later stage of therapy, we will meet less frequently in preparation for termination. Although you may terminate your therapy whenever you wish, it is very helpful to have at least one session together to summarize your progress, define the work that remains and to say good-bye.