What does the first session look like?
You will work with the therapist to do what’s called an intake. This usually takes 90 minutes for individuals and slightly longer for couples. We will discuss paperwork and your client rights. You will get to ask any questions. During this portion of our time together your therapist will get to know you better. The therapist will collect some information about you to better understand your current situation. The therapist will provide information on how therapy works. You may do an assessment for distressing symptoms, receive a possible diagnosis and start addressing your concerns. When you leave you will be clear on your treatment plan and how we will proceed. Nothing is set inflexibly; we will accommodate you and your needs.
How long will it take before I get solutions?
Our therapists have thousands of hours under their belts helping people with issues similar to yours. Everyone is unique, some diagnoses are more treatable than others, and severity and length of symptoms also play a role. Some people may find resolutions after one session and others may need up to a year of support and learning. Feel free to call us for a free 15 minute consultation to find out more. You will have a good idea about treatment after your first session with your therapist.
I want to get the most out of therapy what can I do?
Let your therapist know your concerns and goals. If you are interested, the therapist can help you stay accountable, provide structure for you and give you homework. Being systematic about your approach is realistic and will bring about results.
What about medication?
Sometimes medication is beneficial and even vital to your success in therapy. There are certain diagnoses that become more manageable with medication. This actually includes opiate use disorder.
We do not have a prescriber that we employ or contract. We do however have relationship with community partners. We have worked with many of our prescribers for years.
We can also have you sign a release of information and work with your current provider.