Therapy research has demonstrated that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most critical common factors to make for a successful therapy. This is why it is so important to find a therapist that is a “good fit.” This rather vague concept does not mean that there is a perfect therapist out there, as though that would even be possible. But is does mean that you should consider goodness-of-fit as a significant part of seeking out the right therapist for you.
With this being said, I want to give you an idea about what the first session entails so you can accurately make this determination for yourself.
Prior to your first appointment, you can download the intake paperwork here. This preliminary paperwork is necessary to get things started. You can print out and complete the Client Intake Form, the Informed Consent, the Consent to Email to bring with you to our intake appointment if you choose, or you can arrive 20 minutes earlier than your appointment time and fill out the paperwork at the office. (Please notify me prior to your arrival so I can plan accordingly). Questions you may have about this information are good to bring up during the appointment. I will go over the forms briefly with you and will inevitably have some questions for you myself. I will also go over some preliminary information, logistics, spend time getting to know each other and consider what brings you in to therapy.
It is common and understandable that there may be anxiety about coming to first appointments. Although I do as much as possible to reduce this anxiety and make the first appointment as safe and comfortable as possible, you should know that talking about what makes you uncomfortable and anxious is much of the work of psychotherapy and therefore quite normal and understandable. My hope is that we can tackle this experience together and learn to trust it. I hope this is helpful and clear and I look forward to meeting you for your first appointment.