Curious about how the first few sessions will go? You're in the right place! The steps below will walk you through how to get started and what to expect in your first several meetings with me. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Email, text, or call me with your questions, concerns, needs, and requests regarding therapy. If it seems like we might be a good fit, we can check in for 10-15 minutes by phone to discuss it further, and if you decide you'd like to work together, I'll send you your intake the same day.
Once you let me know that you'd like to try out a few sessions together, I'll send you an intake form by email for you to fill out on your own. The purpose of the intake is to gather basic information about you so that we have a little more context to work with the first time we meet. After you complete your intake, we'll schedule your first session.
In our first session, we'll go over your intake together, begin formulating some goals and direction for therapy, and start getting to know each other. This session is the first time we'll talk about what it is that you want to be different, or what changes in your life you want to see, but you are always allowed to change your mind and readjust your goals - therapy is a work in progress.
In our second session, we'll get into detail about whichever areas of your life feel most relevant to your process. As in any session with me, we'll go at your pace. The point of therapy to me is for you to feel supported in achieving your goals, and I always want to know from you how I can best make that happen.
In our third session, we'll collect all the pieces that you flagged as most important from our first and second sessions into an action plan for our first 3-4 months of work together. We will decide together what amount of work you can and are willing to do right now, with the understanding that it's ok for you to speed up or slow down whenever you need to.
Our fourth session is the last step of our work in setting up our time together. In this session, we'll get to work on the goals we set and experience our first full session of regular talk therapy. If it seems like all of this is a lot just to get started, that's because it is - therapy can be really great, and it takes some work to make it that way. Keep in mind, however, that the work is not all on you - the container of our relationship is there to hold space for you so that you can take this work at the pace you need to, with the support you need, in order for you to thrive.