How do I schedule an appointment?
For initial consultation/new clients, please contact me at (206) 902-0870 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 20 minute phone or in-person consultation session. We will discuss your therapy goals, questions about therapy, and whether we are a good fit for each other. If you choose to move forward with therapy, you can begin by scheduling an intake session.
What should I expect at my first session?
The first session or intake session typically lasts 80 minutes, in order to allow time to discuss your mental health, treatment goals and relational and family background. This session as well as the first couple of sessions tend to be information gathering sessions, so there may be more questions than a typical counseling session. I will be making an assessment to see if I think we will work well together or if you would be better served by another therapist depending on your particular needs and concerns.
Do I need to bring anything with me to our session?
Please print and fill out the intake and disclosure forms and bring them with you to our first session. Also, please be prepared to pay your fee at the start of the session. I accept cash, personal checks and credit card payment via square.
What if I need to cancel my session?
If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled session time. You will be responsible for the full fee and charged for the time reserved when cancellations are received less than 24 hours in advance.
Are my sessions confidential?
Absolutely. Confidentiality is a necessary part of therapy. Therapy is vulnerable, and brave work. In order to protect the sacred space where this work is done, I make every effort to keep your personal information confidential. Your right to confidentiality will be carefully maintained and your personal information will not be disclosed without your written permission, except in cases of possible harm to yourself or others (especially children or the elderly) or a criminal court subpoena. Please note that in couples counseling I do not agree to keep secrets. Information revealed in any context may be discussed with either partner.
How often will I come to therapy?
I generally prefer to meet with my clients on a weekly basis. Should you need to meet more or less often we can certainly discuss other possibilities.