What to Expect
You may have questions about what you can expect in treatment. Read on to learn a little more about the general structure for therapy (initial phone call, intake session, treatment, termination, and booster sessions) and other FAQs.
Initial Phone Call
The phone consultation is an opportunity for us to connect, for me to understand what brings you to therapy and if I can offer the services you seek. These calls last around 15 minutes. You’ll get a chance to hear about how I work and ask any questions you might have. If it turns out I’m unable to provide the assistance you need, we can talk about how you can get connected to another provider. If it seems like a good fit, we can discuss your goals, meeting preference (virtually or in person), and schedule an appointment.
During this first session, we’ll talk about your path to seeking therapy. You can share what has or hasn’t worked for you, and we’ll clarify some goals for treatment – ways we can ultimately determine if we’re on the right path for therapy or not. We'll discuss a general treatment plan.
Treatment varies based on each person’s particular situation, aims, and prior experiences. Some seek short-term treatment (12-20 sessions) while others may have evolving goals and remain in therapy for a longer time. We’ll periodically do “reviews” to check in on progress. You can opt out of treatment at any time. Treatment is offered in-person or remotely via telehealth.
Ultimately, the hope is that through our work together, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to choose healthier responses to stress, engage with others and strengthen relationships, and focus on what empowers rather depletes you. Termination often comes up when we mutually agree your goals for therapy have been met, or if your treatment might warrant another referral to a provider with a different specialization.
After treatment concludes, some individuals like to schedule booster or check-in sessions. These can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a full 55-minute session. We can discuss the benefits and aims of these booster sessions closer to treatment termination.
There is a parking lot located across from CVS on DeForest Avenue, which has free 60-minute parking. Alternatively, there is metered street parking in front of the building.
If meeting virtually is preferable, it is best to take these calls in a quiet and secure location, where you feel you are able to speak freely. You will receive a link to a secure, virtual conference room prior to our appointment. You can request to receive this link via text message or email.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, there are resources available to you 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can call or text 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or you can go to your nearest emergency room.