Frequently Asked Questions
I’m nervous about starting therapy. Is that normal?
Therapy can be vulnerable and new, so it’s natural to be nervous. It can feel intimidating to sit with someone you’ve just met and open up about such personal things. I provide a calming space where I listen and guide with focus and compassion. You don’t have to have the right words or know how to “do therapy” before starting. You can come just as you are, safe from judgment.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
I like to think of our consultation call and the first few sessions as trying out the waters together to make sure you're getting what you need from therapy. What’s most important to me is that you find someone who is the right fit for you. If I feel that I’m not the right therapist for you, I can provide you with ideas on ways to find a better match.
What can I expect during the first session?
Overall, you can think of the first session as a guided conversation through which we can start getting to know each other. I’ll invite you to share more about yourself and also ask you some specific questions that will help me get to know you better.
Some questions that I like to ask during a first session include:
- What brought you to therapy?
- Have you gone to therapy before? How did that go?
- What do I need to know about you to understand your current challenges?
You can ask me questions as well. You might be curious about what sessions will be like and how I've helped other clients like you.
The most important part of a first session is to experience what therapy is like with me.
How often will we meet and how long will therapy take?
After our initial session we will plan to meet weekly for 50-minute sessions. This continuity will help us gain clarity around your situation, what you would like to see happen in your life and give us traction towards positive change. Please know that my practice is not set up to provide support outside of our session times.
The total duration of therapy varies from client to client. Some of my clients find 6-12 weeks to be enough to gain insight into issues that are holding them back and identify practical opportunities to nurture themselves in a new way. Other clients feel more supported by longer term therapy.
We will work together to find the length of time that works for you.
I am in the office seeing clients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-3.
How can I get started?
Contact me today to inquire about a free 15-minute phone consultation.
I will contact you within 2 business days and will let you know if I could be a good fit for what you’re looking for. If so, we will then schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.
During this call we’ll talk about your situation and what is bringing you to therapy at this time. Through our conversation, we’ll begin to get a sense for whether we’d be a good match for therapy.
We’ll also review logistical details and see if our schedules match up. In this call, I can also answer any questions you may have and share next steps for scheduling your first session.