When you show up for your first appointment, together we will go over your intake paperwork and answer any questions you have about it to be sure you understand it all. Afterwards, I will spend the majority of the first session getting to know you and more details about what you are dealing with and what you would like to accomplish in your sessions. At the end of your first session I will spend a few minutes sharing with you more about the kind of therapy I provide, what your role and my role will be, and about the overall process.
Sessions Catered for Your Specific Needs
The sessions are always flexible depending on your needs. As time goes on, each session will generally begin with a brief check-in on how things are going with you and what you would like me to know about your experience since your last session. Then I will be interested in your thoughts about your last session. Next, I will go over your between-session assignments given to you at your last session. Following that, I will teach you new things related to what you are coming to therapy for. These new things often include education about how the problem you are having developed and how it is being maintained.
Most importantly, I will teach you new and specific helpful ways of thinking and behaving for you to practice in order to build new habits that will minimize or eliminate the problem for which you initially sought therapy. At the end of each session, I will ask you to share with me what you learned in that session. I ask this because I want to be sure you are learning new things that will be helpful to you related to the problems you brought to therapy. Then, together we will go over what your assignments will be for your next session, and then schedule that next session.
Length of Counseling Sessions
Your sessions will continue with 45-60 mins meetings like this on a weekly basis for approximately three to six months, based on what is most helpful to you given the problems you are having. The length of counseling may be shorter or longer depending on your needs. My goal is never to not keep you in counseling too long, but to help you become your own counselor in times of need.