A: Once you have made a decision to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before their first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey; a shared process. We do not have answers to all your concerns, but your therapist does have the ability to listen carefully and will ask thoughtful questions. Your answers to these questions will help shape the direction of our work. You can expect to be respected. You can expect that I will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time but I will not tell you what to do.
A: The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Do I seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You & your therapist will begin to figure out how to help you get there.
A: Our first initial appointment is our “intake assessment” which is 90 minutes. After this, appointments are 50 minutes. This is the standard length of a counseling session.
A: To begin, we will meet once a week. We find it’s important to gain some momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less often will make sense
A: We require 24 hours notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the appointment. An occasional exception may be made in the case of an emergency. It’s important that we meet consistently in order to make progress.
A: Yes! We offer flexible scheduling to include evenings and weekends. Online therapy was created with busy people in mind. With online therapy, there is no commute time. Grab your computer, tablet, or phone and log in a few minutes before your appointment—it’s that simple!
A: No, neither of us are a medical doctor. Many of our patients find medication can be helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, either contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, we can coordinate care with your doctor.
A: Caleb & Leah pull from a variety of theories and techniques. We find the following techniques helpful for our clients to include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness.
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