What to expect during our first meeting:

Understandably, many people feel anxious about an initial therapy sessions.
Talking to someone new can feel stressful.

Most clients find it helpful to remember that whatever they say in therapy is
confidential with a few rare exceptions detailed in the practice guidlines

form linked here

It may also help to remember that after more than 26 years of experience, I  
know which questions to ask and which issues to explore in the first meeting.
Try to remember that you needn't run the first meeting. That's my job!

The first session is more of an information-gathering session

than a "regular"therapy session.
I'll ask you questions about your current situation, 

past history, and what you hope to gain from therapy.  

I just ask that you're as honest and open as possible. 
If you'd prefer not to answer a question or 
aren't sure of an answer, just tell me.

There aren't any "righ t" answers .

I'll do my best to answer any questions you may have.

We'll talk about our impressions and whether this seems li
ke
a "good fit".   
If we agree that it makes sense to move forward, we'll schedule the next two therapy sessions (and a parents-only session for adolescents or young adults living at home).


We'll work together and discover

which supports and approaches are most appropriate for you.
We may decide to work together for a relatively brief period

(6-8 sessions) or embark on a longer journey. 

 I prefer to start out with weekly sessions so we can get to know each other and start
working on the issues that brought you into therapy.  


After we've established a good, working relationship and you feel you've ma
de progress, it makes sense to consider less frequent sessions.

I'm always interested in your perceptions about
how we're doing and whether you feel we're making
progress on your goals and needs.
I believe that regular, honest, and mutual feedback is
a crucial component of the therapy process.
Your feedback is  always appreciated.