* Accepting new virtual and in-person clients *
It's understandable that starting therapy might bring about a mix of feelings - perhaps nervousness or anxiety among them. You're meeting someone new and taking a significant step towards opening up and making changes in your life. With that being said, I want to minimize any pressure you might be feeling by assuring you that this session is simply an opportunity for me to get to know you better. I will be asking you questions that help us begin to unpack the reasons that brought you to therapy and identify your goals for our time together.
Your confidentiality is extremely important to me because I understand how essential it is to building and maintaining your trust. I want you to feel safe sharing openly with me, having confidence that what you share will be kept in private. Everything you share in session with me will remain between you and I, with the exception being circumstances where I am legally obligated to make a breach of confidentiality. These circumstances would involve threat to the safety of yourself or others, abuse of a minor, or a court subpoena. I will also share information with a third party upon your request, but only after obtaining your consent regarding with whom and what is shared.
You will receive an intake and confidentiality form prior to your first session that outlines the exceptions to confidentiality. When we meet and anytime throughout our work together, I invite you to clarify and ask any questions you may have.
The frequency and duration of therapy sessions will differ from person to person based on the nature and impact of the presenting concern. However, I do recommend that we start weekly or bi-weekly sessions in order to build some momentum and confidence in progressing towards the goals we have identified together. As we progress in therapy, I encourage continued discussion that allows us to evaluate the frequency of our sessions and make changes that are in alignment with your current needs.
I allow cancellations up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. If a cancellation is made within the 24 hour timeframe, you will be charged 50% of the session fee. Therapists use this as a common practice because they are self-employed and lose income if they cannot fill in that time-slot. I am also aware that family emergencies or severe illness can arise and affect one's ability to attend a scheduled session - if this happens, please let me know.