All of our communication will be via our HIPPA-compliant platform, Simple Practice. You can download the mobile application on your phone and send secure messages to me. Please allow 24-48 hours for my response. Prior to our first appointment, I will send you several documents to read and paperwork to complete. Once that is complete, we can decide if teletherapy or in-person sessions will work better for you.
It is normal to feel anxious in the first few sessions. However, I have the necessary experience setting the tone and getting things started. I am also trained to guide each session in effective ways to help you move closer to your goals. During the first session, I will ask you questions such as, “What brought you in today?” or “Tell me about yourself?” Your answers to these questions help me understand you better and point us to the areas of your life you want to change. If you are not ready to talk about something too painful, I will wait patiently until you are comfortable sharing. It is okay for you to say you are not ready to talk about something just yet. These sessions are for you and about you. Together, we will create goals and a treatment plan that aligns with your preferences and needs.
I will also ask you questions about your family, your physical health, and your relationships. You will notice that as our sessions proceed, you will begin to share more. Sometimes, I will have suggestions for immediate action. After the first few sessions, you will have a better understanding of your problems, increased awareness, and a sense of hope.