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Common Questions
What can I expect during my first appointment?

An initial contact with a provider may seem somewhat overwhelming, especially for people who have never had such contact. It is important to remember that this session is both an opportunity for the provider to gain needed information about the client's concerns and history, and for the client to take the opportunity to determine whether he or she feels comfortable in working with that particular provider.

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for providers to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around 45-50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. Individuals seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

Psychotherapy appointments are 45-50 minutes. Evaluation appointment lengths are variable and are determined based on the evaluation objectives and client needs. During the initial interview appointment, whether for psychotherapy or evaluation, the provider will want to understand the presenting concerns, take a complete history in order to start to understand those concerns within the context of the person's life, and will discuss with the client goals and next steps. It is important for the client to express needs and expectations for treatment with the provider.
When an evaluation is anticipated, it may be useful to have copies of any previous evaluations or school records (report cards, standardized test scores) to give to the evaluator. If a custody or other legal evaluation is requested, it will be useful to bring copies of all relevant court orders or records.

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems such as anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues in the home. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a provider can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues for children, adolescents, and adults.

What to do in the case of an emergency:

We are reachable by telephone twenty-four hours a day in an emergency. Although your specific provider may not be available during an emergency, there will be another provider that will respond to your emergency call. Depending upon the type of emergency, however, you may want to proceed directly to the emergency room of your preferred local hospital or call 911.