There are many different types of psychotherapy and psychotherapists. Don’t be afraid to shop around for the right person for you. Therapists understand how important a good fit is. Below is some general information for those of you who are new to therapy.
When you first call, we will discuss your concerns, scheduling, my fee, and so on. I will ask you some questions to better understand what is going on, and try to answer any preliminary questions you may have. You can then decide if you want to make an appointment. When you schedule your first session, you should plan on coming 10-15 minutes early so you can fill out some forms. These are similar to doctor’s intake forms--contact information, some questions about your health and habits, etc.
During the first few sessions, while you are sharing more details of your situation, I will be getting to know you better and making an assessment.
Most therapy is scheduled for one session per week. What you talk about in therapy is up to you. It is my job to help you sort it out, gain new understanding, and learn new ways of coping in order to open up more options in your life. Because every person and their experiences are different, I cannot predict how long the treatment will take.
The best outcome is when you and your therapist agree that your goals have been met. However, it is always your choice when to end therapy. It is recommended that you spend a few sessions at the end of treatment discussing things like: how you feel you have changed, what you thought of the process, how you will handle future events, and how you feel about leaving. You will always be welcome to return should you feel the need, or want a "refresher" session.