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 we’re 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. 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. This may not be covered by your insurance, so it’s best to call them and ask.
What is Telehealth therapy?
I currently offer Telehealth therapy. This is therapy offered via a HIPAA-compliant (private) platform that I use called Spruce Health. Once you sign up with Spruce, we are able to have video call sessions through your computer or smart-phone. This can be helpful in reducing barriers to treatment for many clients. Please ask me more about this if you have questions. A good wifi signal and a private space are essential for this to be a helpful option for our work.