What To Expect
From Your Sessions
The First Session
In our first session together, I will take time to get to know you and gain as much information as I can to learn more about you and how I can help. I want to know what is bringing you to therapy at this time, and what you hope to accomplish during our time together. My main focuses are to help you feel comfortable, as well as gain your trust. During the initial session, we will also complete your initial paperwork, discuss confidentiality, review my counseling policies, and answer any questions that you may have. We will then work together to develop practical and realistic goals for therapy. While those goals may evolve, and change throughout the therapeutic process, I want to make sure your needs are being met and we are making progress in the problem areas you have identified.
The Therapy Process
In each subsequent session, I will continue to tailor treatment to your specific needs. I will develop new ideas and possible solutions to try, identify obstacles, and build on the strengths that you have. The goal is for you to leave each session with healthy coping skills to use and practical steps to take to get closer to your goal. Each session may be different depending on what you are bringing to the session to work on, what therapeutic intervention I may be implementing, or where we are in your treatment process. Some sessions may be more structured, whereas some sessions may require more emotional processing. Regardless, you direct the session and become a partner in designing therapy to fit your unique circumstances. All decisions made in therapy will be yours to make.
My clients meet with me on a weekly basis. Eventually, some clients will then meet with me biweekly depending on the progress they have made and what they feel comfortable with.
Individual vs. Couple / Family Therapy
The processes mentioned above can be applied to both individual and family counseling. However, in family counseling, sessions may vary depending on individual clients goals or goals decided as an entire family unit. Families are treated as an entire family system, and therefore goals will be decided together with a “no-secret” policy. However, often when working with families as a conjoint to individual therapy, I will ask to see certain members of the family system for individual sessions, if we find it to be helpful. If you are struggling with a familial matter and are unsure of whether to include other members of your family, please call for a free consultation and I’d be happy to help you make that decision.