If you’re new to the process, the process of getting started with therapy may feel very unfamiliar. Hopefully, this brief guide will help you feel more at-ease as you get started. As you go through the process of starting work with a therapist at Resilience Counseling, feel free to contact us at any point along the way with questions or concerns. We want your to have a smooth start that gets you the help you want as quickly as possible.
Here’s the process you can expect.
Free Initial Consultation
We begin with an initial 10-15 minute phone consultation where we introduce ourselves and discuss very generally what brings you to therapy. This is a required first step to getting started. It’s a time to discuss your needs and my therapeutic my approach, and and answer any questions you may have.
If we mutually decide working together would be a good fit, we can proceed in the process. If it does not seem like a good match, I can provide referrals to other clinicians who may better meet your needs.
Feel free to contact me to set up a consultation.
Intake Paperwork and Scheduling
At the end of the consultation, if we decide to work together, I will send you a link to my HIPAA compliant secure online portal to get set-up with all your paperwork.
Once all intake information has been completed, I will call you back to schedule the intake appointment
The first appointment will be different than your regular therapy appointments. During the Intake, I will try to get a better understanding of what brings you to therapy. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss about how you’re feeling and what personal changes you’d like to make. We will also talk about what a successful outcome to therapy might look like and set some treatment goals.
Regular Therapy Appointments
After the intake, we’ll meet regularly to work on your concerns. You can think of me as a resource, here to help you not only with the reasons you initially came to therapy, but also with new issues that arise, and with things that come up week-to-week.
In most cases, weekly appointments are the initial frequency.
Completion of Therapy
At some point, you’ll probably reach a point that reducing frequency . While stopping therapy can involve a sense of loss, we also plan to meet one last time when possible, to review and celebrate your progress.