What to Expect

If you've never been in therapy before, it can feel overwhelming to call and to come in for the first time. I understand that this may be an unfamiliar experience for you, so I'd like to give you an idea of what to expect.

During our free phone consultation, I will ask you to tell me a little bit about yourself - such as what prompted you to call me and what you would like to work on in therapy.  Just like any relationship, the connection between you and your therapist has to feel good to you from the start. If it feels like we are a good fit, we can make an appointment for an initial, paid therapy session. 

During your first appointment, you will have the opportunity to share the concerns that have brought you to therapy. This initial appointment presents an important opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to determine if entering this experience feels like a comfortable fit.


Psychotherapy typically takes place once or twice a week, but some people may want to come more or less frequently. Also, you may have specific goals that you would like to address in a few sessions, or you may want to meet for many sessions. I will work with your needs on this.


There are several forms that I will ask you to complete prior to our first session. You can download all of the forms by going to www.gpatherapy.com and clicking on the Forms Tab located at the top right of the page. Please note that these forms will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. 


I have found that people typically experience a great deal of relief in the first session after sharing their troubles with someone else, especially someone who will take it in without judging them, and who helps people overcome similar burdens. I want you to know that I understand that taking this first step is not always easy, and I will treat you with respect and understanding.

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