We start with a free 15 minute phone consultation, which is a good opportunity for you to describe what you’ve been dealing with so we can see if I’m a good fit for you. You can ask any questions you have, as well. If either of us decides that I’m not a good fit, I’ll be happy to point you toward someone who specializes in working with your concerns. If it seems like I will be able to help you, we can set up your initial appointment.
What happens then?
The first appointment or two consist of the initial assessment. This is where we complete opening forms like consent for treatment and insurance information, if applicable. I take copies of your I.D. and insurance card, so if I see you at your home, I ask that you have copies ready. During the assessment, we will talk about what’s going on that leads you to therapy and what symptoms you might be feeling as well as what you might be hoping to get out of therapy.
This is also a time for us to get to know each other a bit, and continue to see if we are a good fit to work together. It’s also a great time to ask any more questions you might have about therapy or my approach.
Once we have background information and goals for treatment figured out, we move on to make a treatment plan. We take what you want to get out of therapy, look at what’s been getting in the way, and make a plan for how to get you to where you want to be.
What do sessions look like?
Typically, sessions are once a week, 60 minutes long (though there are exceptions). Sessions are usually fairly conversational, though sometimes I might break out my dry erase board to help illustrate a concept. I kind of geek out when I’m talking about brains and how they work.
Some of the research-backed tools I use to help clients feel better include brief daily logs of certain moods, behaviors, or thoughts that we’re targeting for change. These can be done on phone apps for convenience. And if a client isn’t interested in this, we can try something else.
What is a Walk and Talk session?
Just like it sounds, we take a walk during session instead of sitting in the office. The fresh air and movement can be calming, and the side-by-side nature of walking with someone can alleviate the intensity of talking about distressing things face to face.
What is in-home therapy?
I currently offer in-home therapy for clients whose anxiety or circumstances make it difficult for them to leave the home, and they would otherwise not be getting help. Click here to read my blog about this option.
Unfortunately, Audrey is not currently accepting new clients and has no wait list. She'd like to offer you a couple of resources:
For perinatal clients (pregnant, working on conception, pregnancy loss, postpartum, birth trauma): The North Shore MOMS line is available 24/7 and can give referrals. You do not need to be in crisis to call: 866-364-MOMS. You can also visit psidirectory.com to search for perinatal clinicians in your area.
For general concerns, feel free to contact Attention To Wellness at 847-370-0606. Dennis, Jim, and Deb are fantastic clinicians.
Laura Novak shares an office with us and is also available. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compass Health Center in Northbrook has programs that meet multiple times a week for people experiencing more significant symptoms.