Many people report being nervous about contacting a psychologist or attending a therapy session. It is normal to be nervous. I value respect and creating a safe environment to explore your experiences. Building a strong working relationship is one of the most effective aspects of therapy and one I take seriously.
I believe it is important to connect quickly when someone seeks support. Please call or email me and I will contact you as soon as possible. Once it is determined that my services and approach may meet your needs, an appointment time can be booked.
The first session is typically the most structured. It is important to spend time in the first session to discuss the expectations of therapy and give you the chance to ask questions. This includes ensuring you are freely consenting to receiving services, clarifying what is confidential and what is not, discussing the pros and cons of therapy, and what our roles and responsibilities are.
Following this, we will start to focus on the presenting concern. At this time, I will also ask questions that will help me understand your strengths and struggles. Once we have collaboratively identified the direction you would like to go, we can begin the work.