How do I get started in therapy?
1. The first step for getting started in therapy is to schedule a free consultation phone call by clicking to request an appointment. This is to make sure we both feel we are a good fit. This will be a free, brief 10 minute call to ask questions regarding the process, scheduling, or what to expect.
If you do not see any available appointments, then I am currently booked. I do not keep a waiting list, but check back as there may be openings.
**I value the referrals from other providers as they are usually screening and matching you to the best therapist for you and your needs. If you are being referred from another provider (other therapist, doctor, etc.), please contact me via email at [email protected].**
2. Once you have scheduled a consultation call, you will receive an email with a link to the consultation questionnaire. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours of your request, please check your spam folder or email us. It also must be completed within 48 hours of submitting your request for a consultation. IF YOU DON’T COMPLETE THIS WITHIN 48 HOURS, YOUR CALL WILL BE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTICE. I have found if people do not complete within 48 hours, they have decided we aren’t a good fit or aren’t ready.
3. Be available in a private, quiet space for your phone call. I will call you from 256-459-8229 at the scheduled time. If you do not answer, I will try a second time. If you do not answer after these attempts, this will be considered a no-show for the consultation, and you will need to contact us via email at [email protected] in order to reschedule. You are not guaranteed a consultation call reschedule if you no showed your appointment.
4. During your call we will discuss the therapy process, what to expect, and answer any questions. If we both feel like we are a good fit, we will schedule the next appointment. I try to schedule this within a week or two from our call.
What are my options for therapy?
Our options for sessions are as follows: in-office or telehealth for clients in Texas. For Alabama, I only offer telehealth for all new clients. If you prefer or require in-office sessions in Alabama, I can provide referrals to other providers in the area or you can check Psychology Today or your insurance provider. Telehealth is offered through HIPAA compliant Zoom unless your insurance plan requires another platform or unless previously discussed. Please let me know in advance if you would like me to wear a mask in sessions.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way- teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.