WHAT TO EXPECT
The consultation is a chance for us to meet and make an assessment of each other. My hope is that you will be provided the opportunity to express your therapeutic goals, ask me any questions you may have about me and how I practice, and even have a felt sense for what our work will be together.
I may also have some biographical questions to explore with you in order to help ascertain how equipped I may be to help you with your therapeutic goals. If I have any concerns about my capability to help you meet your goals, then we will have a conversation about these concerns and the possibility of helping you find a therapist that can be of better assistance. Alternatively, If I feel that I can be of help, then I will let you know of my willingness to commit to regular sessions before we end.
After the initial consultation, if you would like to continue meeting we can set up another appointment to begin regular sessions. During the first regular session I will review with you my privacy practices, my disclosure statement and my consent to treatment forms. This part of the first regular session can be expedited by coming having first read these forms and policies here.
THE INITIAL CONSULTATION
Currently, I am available to take new clients on Mondays from 9:30a-1:30p, Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 9:30p and Thursdays from 10:00a - 5:00p for 50 minute sessions. Please request a consultation to view my current availability.
The initial consultation is free should you choose to seek out help elsewhere. If, however, you decide to schedule regular meetings, then the initial consultation is $50 and will be added to the rate of your first normal session.
My office is on the second floor of the Beeson building. Please be aware that the Beeson building is an historic building and does not meet federal ADA requirements. If you need assistance reaching the office suite from the entrance of the building please let me know beforehand so I can meet you at the front door.
Once you arrive at Suite 111, please take a seat in the waiting area where you are welcome to help yourself to tea or water and I will come out to greet you at the time of our appointment. Should you need to use the restroom, there are signs in the waiting area directing you to the facilities down the hall.
GETTING IN TOUCH
Reaching out for help can be a daunting task, especially when you are considering asking for help from a relative stranger. A website is a poor substitute for a face to face interaction when you are trying to judge whether someone is trustworthy and skillful enough to help. I wish I could offer guarantees and assurances in the face of the kind of uncertainty you may be experiencing. I do believe, however, that the goodness inherent in the therapeutic relationship has the potential to radically transform both the client and the therapist in the process.