If you are considering counseling for the first time, it’s normal to have some uneasiness or apprehension about what it might be like. To set your mind at ease, I wanted to take this chance to share with you what you might expect if you decide to reach out.
1. Phone consultation
The first step would be to set up a phone consultation. You can contact me to set one up or schedule one yourself. This is not a treatment call, it’s just a chance for you to share with me what kind of therapist you are looking for, what your current struggles are, and for me to assess if I have the right skill set to meet your needs. I am careful to work within my scope of practice because I want you to receive the best possible treatment. During this phone call we will also discuss logistics such as scheduling, payment and insurance. You do not need to make a commitment either way at the end of this phone call.
2. Set up portal, complete paperwork
If you decided to work with me, we would schedule an intake appointment. Prior to that appointment, you would need to set up your portal and verify your insurance through one of my partner companies that manages my billing. In your portal, you will be assigned a number of forms that need to be read and signed before our intake appointment. I understand that life can get busy, so we can reschedule your intake if you are unable to complete the paperwork beforehand.
3. Attend your intake session
The intake is longer-than-usual appointment (up to 75 min) in which we will go over your current symptoms, how you are coping, some family history and what you would like to get out of counseling. [If you are interested in Christian counseling, we would also discuss how you would like to integrate your faith into your treatment.] We will meet via a HIPAA compliant telehealth platform. I work from a quiet space with complete privacy and always wear ear buds.
I hope that answers any questions your might have! If not, please reach out and I would be happy to speak with you.