WHAT GOES ON IN A THERAPY SESSION?
What can I expect when I go into see a counselor, psychologist for myself or for my partner and I?
I am asked this question by many people who want to schedule a first time counseling appointment.
I tell them that on their first appointment we will be signing some forms and provide a family history. I also assure them that they can assess whether they are comfortable with me. Many people have attending therapy in the past and didnt resonate with their therapist but stayed with them out of ‘duty’. I explain that feeling comfortable with their therapist is an important part of the process. After their history we review their reasons for counseling.
If other related topics arise, we discuss how they may be related to their reason for seeking therapy.
I reassure new clients that during our first two sessions they can assess their comfort level with me I will assess whether I can help them. We personalize the therapy plan to meet their identified goals. I explain that I offer three types of therapy:
We then clarify their goals and when we schedule the third session, they will have some homework to complete at home before their third session. We continue to review and assess their goals. We discuss the frequency of visits which range from weekly to biweekly and eventually to monthly checkups or ‘tuneups’, which I highly recommend to keep people on track and accountable for achievement and maintenance of their goals.
We discuss the many options of therapy including in -office, Skype or phone sessions. Some clients opt for an initial in -office visit and then choose the convenience of Phone or Skype sessions, Some of my clients use their phone session during their commute to or from work for convenience, others opt for Skyping from the comfort of their home and others set up an ‘as needed’ option for which they pay a monthly fee for ‘as needed’ short sessions to address their family’s life situations as they arise.
I discuss the importance of making time for therapy and that my role is not to make decisions and push my agenda but to listen and apply my more than 25 years of experience as a nurse, educator, author, EMDR certified therapist, psychologist , mediator with a PhD in Integrative Medicine which offers them a holistic personalized approach to their concerns and life situations. I create a personalized plan with my clients and my goal is to help them heal at their pace.