What to expect in therapy...
1. Joining and Building the Therapeutic Relationship:
The first therapy session you will have is called the initial session. During this session you will fill out the associated paperwork (if you have not already filled it out online) and we will go over the informed consent, payment, and the therapeutic process (what to expect). During this session your therapist will focus on gathering background information surrounding what brought you to therapy; as well as what you would like to gain from therapy.
When working with anyone but especially a child or adolescent the most important part of the therapeutic process is the trusting therapeutic relationship. Children and teenagers tend to be shy, confused, anxious, and even defensive about going to therapy. Therefore, in order to make progress your therapist has to build trust so that they feel comfortable to disclose their feelings and thoughts. This means being able to maintain confidentiality between therapist and the child is essential to building this trust.
2. Setting Goals:
After the first session(s) we will have a better idea of what you are wanting and needing to get from your therapy sessions. Then together with your therapist you will set some goals for therapy.
3. Defining Strategies for Change:
After your goals have been set it is time to start working on strategies to make the changes you want to reach your goals. This can and will come in many different forms depending on each individuals client's needs and the therapeutic approach used.
The Office Space
We know it can be uncomfortable going to a new place for the first time and speaking with a stranger about your personal life. Therefore, we think it is best to know a little about us and to see images of the spaces in which you will be seeing your therapist in so that you know a little bit more of what to expect when you arrive.