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What to expect?You can call, email, or click on "book a consultation" to take part in a 15-30 min phone consultation. If we (you and I) agree to move forward, you can set up an appointment directly on my website for your appointments. Once you fill out the client portal information, you will have access to the JTCC forms, which you can fill out and return via a secure email platform. A virtual meeting link (such as Zoom) will be emailed to you. Arrive at your first counseling appointment a few min early to make sure you are able to log in. Therapy Begins: The first session is the intake session that requires the therapist to get assessment information from you. Most likely this session will cover basic information. In the following sessions, the therapist will help you process your feelings so you can make informed decisions. A therapist should not tell you what to do for your betterment. The therapist is there to help you figure it out. This is done through asking probing questions and utilizing therapeutic techniques.
What if I don't like my counselor?The client/therapist relationship is a critical part of the therapeutic process. Therefore, it is important that you (client) feel comfortable speaking truthfully with your therapist. It is even more important that you trust your therapist enough to be vulnerable (tell the truth) and share your secrets, traumas, and desires. If the professional relationship is not a good fit, the therapist and/or client reserves the right to terminate the sessions at any time. If this happens, don't be discouraged. Find a counselor that you feel is a good fit and continue the counseling process.
How many session do I need before I feel better?No one can determine when you will feel better except YOU. The counseling/therapy process is not a quick fix; therefore, it could take weeks, months, or even a year before a client feels better. The client and the therapist can work together to determine when a client is ready to terminate, extend, or minimize sessions. Therefore, it is important that the client discuss any concerns openly and honestly with the therapist.
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