YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
When scheduling your appointment, your therapist will answer any initial questions you have, and will send you our initial intake and consent forms if you wish to complete them ahead of time. We will also have copies available at the office should you wish to complete them there.
Your therapist will meet you in the lobby/waiting room, at your scheduled appointment time. There are restrooms available in each suite. Please do not enter the therapy room if the door is shut and the sound machine is on.
Your first appointment will entail completing initial paperwork and consents, discussing confidentiality, and answering any questions you may have. We will also complete an assessment that will help us better understand your history, what brings you to therapy, and what you are hoping to gain from therapy.
If you plan to use insurance, please bring your insurance card for your therapist to make a copy. Otherwise, you do not need to bring or fill out anything prior to this appointment.
Your therapist will discuss treatment recommendations at the end of your first session, and will continue to discuss treatment needs, changes, progress, and recommendations throughout treatment. Please collaborate openly and honestly with your therapist in order for you both to create an appropriate plan of care.
When using the Prepare/Enrich assessment tool as a consultation process only (i.e. not engaging in therapy), you will need to contact on of our certified therapists (Erin or Jessica) and complete the assessment prior to your first appointment. At your initial appointment, your therapist will provide you with a Couples Report, and will review the results of your assessment. At the end of this appointment, you can collaborate with your therapist regarding follow up appointments, and discuss insurance options if therapy is recommended.
- ATTEND: Attend scheduled appointments, arrive on time, and attend regular sessions in the beginning until progress begins to be made (most people come weekly at first)
- ENGAGE: Bring questions; identify goals/desired changes; and share your honest thoughts, feelings, wants and needs.
- APPLY: Practice, more than once. Use handouts/techniques your therapist recommends; develop action steps and realistic goals towards change; and take one step at a time to move in the right direction.
- ADVOCATE: Let your therapist know how you’re feeling about your therapy sessions, and if you feel they are not the right fit for you. Openly address factors or barriers that are preventing engagement in services.
If you have had thoughts of wanting “to be gone” or “not wake up”, or if you have experienced suicidal thoughts or urges, then therapy is highly recommended. Further, if you are experiencing headaches, stomach aches, body pains, heart palpitations, etc., we recommend a therapy evaluation in addition to consulting with your primary care physician. While some of these physical symptoms can be medically relevant, we often see that there may be underlying stressors, emotions, or mental health problems at play. Finally, life transitions, changes, losses, and adjustments can “rock the boat” in a way that can warrant therapy as a helpful support and service during difficult times.
Please review our individual backgrounds to learn more about ways we can help.