We’ve assembled many of the common questions new clients want to know about before coming. If you want more details about any of these questions or you have a question which isn’t listed, please call us at 970-556-4095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, every therapist you talk to will have a different answer for this one. Here is what we think:
We work in the present moment using mindfulness based methods. So on one hand, no, we usually don’t ask questions about your past. However, everything that we have experienced in the past influences how we view the present. So, often you will be reminded of things that have happened in your past through exploring how you are experiencing the present.
It is normal to be slightly nervous or anxious about the first meeting. For many of us, it is like this for meeting anyone, much less someone we are going to talk about personal things with. For our work together to be most beneficial, we will need to develop a good relationship. In the first session, we will want to spend some time looking at a wide variety of things so that I know more about you as a person and you will be able to ask any questions of me that you need to know to feel confident that our work together will be helpful. Also, we will look at what you hope to accomplish, that way we know when our time together has been successful.
Often people report some initial relief in just a few sessions by just starting to look at things. However, different people have different things they are working with. The number of sessions will vary depending on what we are working with. We will never tell you that you need X number of more sessions. You choose to come if it is helpful to you, and you can stop whenever you feel it is no longer needed.
Most often we see people once per week. If money or scheduling is an issue, you can choose to come every other week. In some cases, we may want to meet more frequently, but usually once per week a good amount of time for you to have time to process and practice with the material we worked with in session in between appointments.
I’m glad you asked. You obviously are motivated for change, which is a great start! You will benefit the most through developing a healthy, open, honest relationship with your therapist. Your have a unique opportunity for a relationship that many people have never had in their lives. Your therapist has no agenda for you and will be totally open and non-judgemental. If you come to the session prepared with something to work with, be open and honest with yourself, exploring yourself through mindfulness, and starting to practice new ways of being in the world you will get a lot out of your sessions.
Also, I encourage everyone to journal or write at least 3 bullet points after every session to help you retain what we learned. We only get to meet 1 hour per week, so I give exercises and things to think about to help you apply it to the other 167 hours of your week which is the best way to get the most out of your sessions.
It is our hope that we will be able to develop open and healthy relationship and communication where we can talk about any life concerns including but not at all limited to relationships, embarrassment, family, shame, pregnancy, fears, death, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, GLBTQ issues, money, incest, sexual assault, drugs, love, neglect, AIDS, culture, sex, parents, children, heritage, abortion, harassment, depression, divorce, abuse, isolation, suicide, loneliness, eating disorders, and any interpersonal concerns between client and therapist, as well. We hope that you will feel that nothing is off limits to talk about, especially anything occurring in the professional relationship. If you have any questions or concerns about services, terms, therapist qualifications, methods, or professional relationship, please ask.