I want to make sure you understand the process!
What can I expect during my first session?
During your first session, you can expect to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and provide some background information about yourself while beginning to establish a comfortable relationship with your therapist.
How does virtual therapy work?
A lot like traditional in person therapy! The only difference is you meet with your therapist from somewhere convenient for you through secure video software. It is important to have a private and confidential space where you will not be interrupted. It can be helpful to set expectations with others who may be in the home or around during your session.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes! Therapy is confidential as therapists are legally and ethically bound to protect your personal information and therapeutic material. It should be noted that therapists may be legally required to disclose information when there is a risk of harm to you or others, in cases of suspected child or elder abuse, or when ordered by a court of law.
What should I do first?
The first step to getting started with therapy is reaching out to the therapist to schedule a complimentary phone consultation. This is your chance to talk more in detail about what you are looking for and make sure the therapist is a good fit for your needs in terms of approach, format, schedule, and fees. If it feels like a match, your therapist will help you set your first session.
Here are some frequently asked questions
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
If you have issues in your life that do not seem to be getting better with your usual approach, therapy can be a helpful space to explore and question deeper in an emotionally safe space. This new perspective and the support of a compassionate therapist can act as a catalyst towards positive change and growth.
How long does therapy typically last?
Therapy is not one size fits all. Some people work with a therapist for a few months and some work with a therapist for a few years. The therapist will work with each person to assess the needs and current situation to see what is the best level of care.
How often should I attend therapy sessions?
In the beginning, it is helpful to meet once a week to establish a therapeutic relationship and allow the therapist to best understand the presenting concerns. As things get better, therapist and client can discuss moving sessions to every other week or once a month if that feels like a better level of support.
How can therapy help with specific issues or concerns?
Therapy offers a structured and supportive environment to tackle specific issues by gaining insights, learning coping skills, changing behaviors, regulating emotions, and improving relationships. Therapists create a tailored treatment plan and utilize evidence-based treatment methods shown to address client’s particular concerns.
What if I'm not comfortable talking about certain topics or emotions?
That’s ok! The therapist will follow your lead and never push you to talk about things that feel emotionally overwhelming. The goal would be to create a safe space where you eventually feel comfortable enough to share whatever is most pressing to you.
What is the difference between therapy and counseling?
"Counseling" often focuses on addressing specific challenges and providing guidance for immediate issues, while "therapy" typically involves a deeper exploration of emotions, behaviors, and underlying causes. While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, counseling tends to be shorter-term and goal-oriented, while therapy can encompass both short-term and longer-term processes for psychological growth and healing.
Do I need a referral from a doctor to start therapy?
In most cases, you don't need a doctor's referral to start therapy. You can usually directly contact a therapist or counseling service to initiate the process. However, there might be exceptions depending on your location and insurance requirements.