Individual therapy and group therapy often provide quicker results when combined
What I know about coming to therapy:
- It can be scary.
- People have unspoken questions: What will this therapist be like? Will I feel comfortable with them? Will they be able to help me?
It is normal to have these questions and more.
What is Individual Therapy
Individual therapy consists of once per week 1 on 1 therapy with a client (you) and myself on a HIPAA compliant web platform or in an office setting for an average of 45-60 minutes each session, although some sessions are 90 minutes.
My HIPAA compliant website is embedded in my electronic health record and your “link” will be yours alone. Nobody else will get that link and you will use it each time you and I meet.
Length of treatment varies on several factors and can last only a few sessions to several years. During the sessions, I work with you on your goals helping you gain freedom from what is preventing you from living your life the way you want.
For some people, a combination of individual and group therapy is more effective than just individual therapy alone. See my Group Therapy page for my group therapy description.
What to Expect from the Initial Contact through Ending Therapy
Step 1: The initial call (15 minutes)
When you make the initial call or schedule for an initial consultation, before we talk about anything else, I will ask you what you are looking to achieve through therapy to ensure I am the right therapist to help you with what you are looking for. This is where our relationship begins.
If we agree that I am the right therapist for you, we will then talk about payment, what treatment will look like and schedule our first session.
I will email you the intake paperwork for you to complete before the first session.
Step 2: The first session (90 minutes)
This is when I fully explain treatment and continue to understand your needs.
When you come for your first session, we will review the intake paperwork, take care of payment, I will explain the course of treatment and the format of sessions, and we will begin the assessment so I can better understand you and how to help you achieve your goal(s). At the end of the session, we will document our session together so you know what is in your record, and schedule our next session.
Step 3: Development of a treatment plan/course of treatment (45-60 minutes)
As we continue with our next session, we will review our last session and develop a treatment plan/course of treatment. We may decide to do EMDR, or we may decide on another modality such as CBT.
Step 4: Action on the treatment plan (varies from 45-90 minutes)
This is where we get into the treatment and where you will start to see results. We will review the treatment plan throughout treatment as well to ensure we are on the right track.
Step 5: Termination (30-45 minutes)
We will have decided how you will know you are ready to terminate therapy with me during the development of the treatment plan. This step will include tips on how to help you stay feeling well.