Your First Visit
How does therapy help?
Depending on your present situation and your reasons for seeking help, there are many benefits to therapy. Therapy can provide support, and help you work through life changes, allowing you to see your circumstances as a personal growth opportunity instead of a burden or obstacle.
Some specific skills therapy can provide are:
Stress Reduction Skills
Identifying codependent thought and behavior patterns and replacing them with emotionally independent ones
Increasing Self Love and Confidence
Self Healing Skills to address Grief and Trauma
What to expect on your first visit?
Your first therapy session has two main goals:
1. Identify what it is you are asking for help with.
You will have an opportunity to help me understand your needs and and what you are seeking out of the counseling process.
2. Build a relationship
Together we will explore how we can best work together to address your healing process.
I look forward to getting to know you and helping you reach your therapy goals.
Please complete the following forms prior to your first therapy session.
Is therapy confidential?
As a general rule, all therapy sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with your therapist will remain between the two of you, unless you request otherwise. This is as per protection rules by law, which all therapists legally need to follow, and no information from the session can be disclosed without prior written consent from the client.
There are exceptions to this law however, and the therapist can disclose information from the session to legal authorities or appointed persons if any of the following are true:
- The therapist suspects abuse to a child, dependent adult, or an elder, or are made aware of domestic abuse. These situations all require the therapist to notify law authorities immediately.
- If the therapist suspects an individual has caused, or is threatening to cause severe bodily harm to another person, therapists are required to report it to the police.
- If an individual intends to harm himself or herself, expressing to the therapist for example, plans for suicide. While the therapist will attempt to work through this in the therapy session, if it appears to be unresolved or the client does not cooperate, additional action may need to be taken to ensure the safety of the client.