What to Expect
Our first session has two main goals:
1. Assess your circumstances
We will take the first session to assess your current challenges and goals. From there, we’ll be able to determine what type of approach is right for you, what it’ll entail, and how it’ll fit into your day-to-day life. It’ll be important for you to take an active role in learning new skills and tools. I may provide you with series of actions to undertake before our next appointment. These may be things such as practicing a certain technique, or reading a specific book.
2. Build a relationship
Our first session will be more like a two-way interview. I’ll get to know you, and you’ll get to know me. I’ll ask you questions to help me better understand your primary issues and concerns, as well as your history in terms of other events in your life, family, childhood, and career.
You’re welcome to ask questions at any time. In order for therapy to be successful, it is imperative we establish a relationship that is supportive and honest. In fact, it is the nature and the quality of our relationship that will determine your success. This ‘meeting of the minds’ is the most accurate predictor of a beneficial outcome to the hard work you put in towards your happiness.
I look forward to getting to know you and helping you live life more authentically!
Please complete the following forms prior to our first appointment.
You can expect the following:
- You can expect to experience a safe, supportive, and confidential space
- You can expect to be treated with compassion, empathy, respect, and understanding
- You can expect me to be available to listen to you and to your interpretation of what you’re currently experiencing
- You can expect to learn scientifically-backed strategies you can use to make positive changes in your life
Is our work together confidential?
Yes, as a general rule, all sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with me will remain between the two of us, unless you request otherwise. This is per the rule of law, which all counselors are required to follow.
There are three exceptions to this law, however, which require the counselor to disclose pertinent information from the session to the authorities (or to an appointed guardian) if any of the following are true:
- The counselor suspects abuse to a child, dependent adult, or an elder, or is made aware of domestic abuse
- The counselor suspects an individual has caused, or is threatening to cause bodily harm to another person
- The client expresses intent to harm him or herself, or expresses suicidal thoughts
Authorities my take additional action to ensure public safety.