In this article, you will learn more about what to expect from the initial consultation session and how to prepare for it.
What to Expect
The initial consultation session is an important session that sets the stage for our work together. In this session, we will get to know each other better and you will get a “feel” for me and the way that I practice. If we both feel good about moving forward, then we will go over logistics. Read more below.
No Pressure and No Commitment
The consultation will be no-pressure, and no-commitment. You are welcome to schedule a consultation even if you're not quite clear about whether working with me is right for you. After the first part of the session, you will be given the opportunity to decide whether or not you would like to work together. You can also take some time to think about it before moving forward if you need to.
Consultation Scheduling and Format
After you submit the initial booking form, I will send you a link to my schedule. You can then choose a time that works for you. The open timeslots you see on my schedule will be roughly indicative of the times I have available for sessions on an ongoing basis, but are first-come, first served.
You are welcome to choose either a video or in-person consultation. At the time of writing this post, I am available for in-person sessions on Monday through Wednesday, and can do video sessions any day Monday through Friday, but prefer to do video sessions Thursday and Friday.
After you have requested a session time, I will confirm it and send you a few brief documents which you will need to fill out in order to confirm your time and hold the spot.
The First Part of the Session
The first session will be devoted to you letting me know the problems you’re facing and symptoms leading you to seek out therapy. We will also talk about your goals, expectations, and what you're hoping to work on. I will then talk about the methods I use and how I would be able to help you, giving you more information about what to expect and what sessions tend to look like. During this part of the consultation, you can also ask me any questions you may have about the therapy process.
The Second Part of the Session
If we both feel good about moving forward, we can talk about what sessions will look like, including expectations, scheduling, fees, and paperwork. If for any reason we determine that I will not be able to help you, such as a certain symptom you are having being out of my scope or scheduling conflicts, I will do my best to point you in the direction of finding someone who can help you. If we cut the session short due to not being able to work together, you will not be charged for the full session.
How to Prepare for the Consultation Session
I recommend coming to the first session with a list of symptoms, problems, things you want to work on, goals, hopes, and questions. I also recommend bringing your calendar and putting some consideration into how frequently you'd like to come to therapy. Most people start off coming once a week or once every two weeks.
I look forward to meeting you!