What to Expect of Your First Session

I like to think of the first counseling session as a two-way interview. I am learning from you what is going on in your life that has brought you here, as well as obtaining some general information about you. I want to ensure that I am equipped to help you reach your goals.

It is also a time for you to get a feel for me and what it would be like to work with me. Therapy involves many practical aspects of healing such as setting goals and objectives, but there is also a personal element to it. To some degree, the client and therapist should be able to “click” on some level. Our first session is a great time to explore any of your reservations or concerns. It is also a great time to answer any questions you may have.


Prior to your initial session, please review and complete this contact form:

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Please also review my Communications Policy and one of the following Informed Consent documents (depending on if you are seeking individual or couples therapy). We will go over these together during your initial session. Reviewing it ahead of time will be helpful in case you have any questions for me about the contents of the Informed Consent.

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If you will be seeing me for individual therapy, please review the following Informed Consent:

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If you will be seeing me for couples therapy, please review the following Informed Consent:

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