What to Expect
First of all, welcome! However you found your way to my website, I’m glad you’re here. Below I have pulled together a few thoughts to “demystify” what actually happens in therapy, specifically in your first appointment.
Before you arrive for your first appointment, please complete the following forms, also found on the Forms page:
It is important that these documents are completed before we meet, as I would much rather use the valuable time we have to explore areas in greater detail rather than cover basics.
Please bring the above completed forms, your insurance card (if using medical insurance), as well as your co-pay or form of payment to your first appointment.
Your First Meeting
My office is located inside of Balance Integrative Medicine at 7001 A Street Suite 100. When you arrive, please check in with Tami at the front desk, and have a seat in the waiting room. It’s best to arrive 5-10 minutes early to ensure all your initial paperwork is completed, and so Tami can take a copy of your insurance card.
At your scheduled appointment time, I will come out and escort you back to my office.
Our first session will be different from future sessions. Most people agree—firsts of anything are sorta awkward. It’s my job to handle that part—your job is to just be you. In addition to gathering a wealth of information, this session is a time for you and I to get to know each other, for you to see if my therapeutic style might be a good match for you. Psychologists are humans too—we vary widely in personalities, training, therapeutic modalities, etc.
During the first session, I will not only ask you questions about what brought you to therapy, but will explore into other areas of your life and functioning, such as relationships, physical health, substance use/abuse, etc. While these questions may initially seem irrelevant, negative patterns can be sneaky and slide into other areas of your life, often under the radar.
It’s important to remember that therapy is not a quick fix. While many people say they feel more hopeful after our first meeting, I don’t want you to think I have magic dust pumping through the vents in my office. Whatever brought you to therapy has likely been problematic for quite some time. We will get there, but not in the first appointment. ☺