Posted on April 1st, 2013
There is no better way to learn what therapy with me will be like than to experience it for yourself. For this reason, the free initial consultation I provide is a full 50-minute therapy session. It’s an opportunity for you to learn about me and how I work, and an opportunity for me to learn about you and what you are seeking from therapy (which you may not be entirely clear about before we begin).
A lot can happen in those first 50 minutes. We usually begin by talking about why you decided to make the appointment. We focus on defining your expectations for yourself and your expectations from me. We talk about parts of your life history. There will be time for your questions about the process of working with me. All of this goes on, but much of the time will be spent actually working on the issues that concern you.
In general, my approach is to help you expand your awareness of yourself and to learn why the concerns you have are affecting you as they are. This larger awareness puts you in a better place to make effective decisions and create productive change. I pay exceptionally close attention, and therapy with me is direct and often intense. Because of all this, you can expect to leave even this first meeting with more clarity than you have when you arrive.
If I think I can help you, and if you decide to go ahead in working with me, you will also leave this first session with an assignment to give you a focus for the time before our next meeting.
Having this initial consultation in no way obligates you to work with me, but it will provide you with enough information to be able to make an informed decision.