People are often nervous when it comes to the first appointment. This is normal. To ease your mind, here is a brief overview of the therapy structure.
The first session is for you to tell me a more about why you’re seeking counseling, what you’re hoping to achieve, and is a chance for us to see if we’re a good match.
As time goes on, we will dive deeper into issues, patterns, and – of course – solutions. Throughout therapy, we will check in on how you’re progressing with any goals you have while actively working towards them.
The first two sessions, I will see you as a couple. We will explore your motivations for coming to therapy, your current difficulties and when they started, as well as your relationship history. You will each be asked to fill out an online relationship questionnaire to be completed before our next joint session. I use the Gottman Relationship Checkup, which helps us in identifying your couples’ strengths as well as areas for improvement.
The next two sessions will be individual sessions (one each) where we can discuss any personal issues or history that may be currently affecting you and your couple. Additional individual sessions are a possibility.
Our next joint session is very important, as it is when we will go over the questionnaires, my impressions based on our first few sessions, as well as to review your wants for therapy. It is here that we set concrete goals for therapy. Subsequent sessions will allow you to work towards these goals with my support. Regular feedback and checking-in with progress is worked into these sessions.
Length of Sessions and Therapy
Counseling sessions last for 60 minutes for both individuals and couples. The number of counseling sessions depends on the progression of therapy as well as the preference of each individual or couple. Clients can of course choose how often and for how long they would like to attend counseling.
Confidentiality is an important part of therapy. This will be discussed within our first session. I also welcome any questions about this before therapy begins.