What can I expect when I come in?
My office space is warm, calming and inviting. I will have a small amount of paperwork for you to fill out. We will sit down together and I will get to know you and your story. The first session is an intake, so I will be asking you questions pertaining to you and the presenting problem. I really want to start to get to know you, and to help you feel comfortable with me. Even though your problem may seem heavy and overwhelming, I will likely make you laugh a few times. And if you have any questions for me, I hope you will fire away. It’s important that we build a relationship that feels safe and real.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
Relationship therapy is best done together. However, sometimes you need help individually processing the relationship problem itself. I am very comfortable meeting with you, and then if you would like your partner to come, meeting with both of you. However, it is important there are no secrets kept between us. As long as you and your partner are comfortable with this, I am happy to accommodate therapy in a way that is most helpful.
In most cases, when I do couples therapy, I meet with both partners for the intake. Then, I see each of you individually for one session and we come together after that.