What to Expect
I want you to know that I recognize how much courage you’ve mustered up by the time you’ve called me to see if we’re a good fit. As you’ll see when we work together, it’s important to me to create a safe space where you feel comfortable. To this end, I’ve outlined everything you can expect from start to finish in working with me:
How to Schedule Your Free Phone Consultation & Sessions
I use an online scheduling system called Simple Practice. To schedule an initial consultation:
- Go to https://kindred-counseling.clientsecure.me.
- Click “I’m a new client” and then click “Initial Phone Consultation – No Charge.”
- Pick the date and time that works best for you. I will receive an email notifying me of the date and time you’re requesting.
- You’ll have the opportunity to add this appointment to your iCloud, Google, or Outlook calendar automatically.
- I will confirm the appointment and you’ll receive an email confirmation.
Initial Phone Consultation
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation so we can get to know each other and determine if we are a good fit.
You can schedule your phone consultation at: https://kindred-counseling.clientsecure.me
We will discuss what’s going on and how I may be of support to you. At the end of the 15 minutes, we will determine whether or not you’d like to begin therapy with me.
Please know that what is most important to me is getting you the right support. If you or I feel I am not a good match for your needs, I will give you referrals to other therapists for you to consider.
Our first session will be 75 minutes. This allows us to review paperwork that is designed to fully inform you of my policies and procedures, my background, and important information regarding your privacy. Doing this together allows you to ask questions along the way so that you and I are both clear on how we will work together. I will also ask you to fill out an intake form, where I will have the opportunity to learn more about you and your goals for therapy.
We’re a team in this therapeutic process and you’re in the driver’s seat. As we get to know each other and your needs, I will plan how to support you during each session and will ask for feedback from you. If you’re questioning your progress or our session content, I want you to feel comfortable to let me know. It is important to me that you feel our sessions are beneficial.
I view counseling as a collaboration between you and me, where I have the honor of guiding you on your journey.
Together we will focus on solutions while processing your emotions in a safe and supported way.
Sessions are tailored to each individual so it’s hard to generalize what your sessions will look like before we meet, but in general, we will talk about goals, what you’ve tried on your own, your past experiences, and your family of origin if applicable.
Note, the stereotypical image of lying on a couch during counseling very likely will not apply (but if that’s your thing, you’re certainly welcome to lie on the couch!). I offer sessions in a traditional office where you can get comfy however you’d like, or in your home if that’s easier for you (this is often a nice option for new moms who find it tough to get out of the house or who want to use nap time for themselves without hiring a babysitter).
I also offer Walk+Talk therapy, where we go for a walk during your session (also great for new moms with babies). This is a great option for those who want to capitalize on all the natural feel-good impacts of moving our bodies and being in nature.
Frequency of Sessions & Fees
Clients often receive the most benefit when meeting weekly at the beginning of the therapeutic process. This allows for us to get to know each other and to focus on your goals. We will examine if there were any changes to your symptoms between each session, celebrating all of your small successes. Over time you may feel more stabilized and able to space your sessions out more. At minimum, I like to meet every two weeks once clients reach this point.
I understand that there may be times when you may need to take a break from therapy due to travel or other logistics. It is best for both of us to talk about this up front.
I am happy to take a pause and pick up where we left off when the time is right.
Session length is 50 minutes but can be extended if needed.
You can read about my fees and cancellation policy here.
Transitioning Out of Therapy
We will begin to plan for your transition out of therapy once you have accomplished your goals. Often, clients choose to taper down on their session frequency, from weekly, to bi-weekly, to monthly sessions before terminating. During a termination session, we will review all you’ve learned, celebrate your successes, and discuss any remaining items and plans for future growth.