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If you’re here and looking for support, congrats! You’ve taken an important step. Studies show psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy or counseling, helps people more often than not. But, where does one start? There are several factors to consider. One important factor is achieving a good working alliance with your counselor or therapist. But, how does one know if they can be of help?

The decision can be a difficult one when there are many therapists to choose from. It reminds me of buying bread at the grocery store. Do I want rye, whole wheat, or sourdough? Regular, thick or thin sliced? I read the labels, think about my preferences, and narrow down my options. Then, I try one out and get a taste. If the first does not seem to fit, I try another.

And so, what are your preferences? If you want to know more about my background, I invite you to read more about me. If you like getting an interpersonal sense of me, I invite you to schedule a free 20-minute video call. Or, maybe you have already decided to become a client. In that case, please schedule a first 50-minute session appointment with me. I welcome you to my practice.

Before our first therapy session, I’d like you to review some documents on my secure online portal. It will help us get started. I’ll also ask you to fill out a questionnaire on what causes you to reach out for support and for some additional information about you. If any questions are too difficult to answer, please let me know in your answer. You are also welcome to bring up your concerns to me at our first appointment.

If you’re feeling uncertain with getting started, that’s okay. It’s quite common. Sometimes it takes time to get to know each other and get a good sense of fit. On my end, I typically allow one to three sessions to determine if there is a good fit. If there is not a fit, I am happy to provide you with referrals. Of course, you are always welcome to end at any time. You are the customer and the decision is yours to make.

My priority is giving you the results you are looking for. If our sessions are helpful, you should see signs sooner rather than later. And if that’s the case, excellent — we can continue meeting. It’s also important to know if what we are doing is not helpful or is only marginally helpful. In that event, we can talk about how to work differently or to add another place where you can get additional help. And finally, if that still does not help, then please don’t despair, I will work with you to find another therapist or another place that will be of more help to you.

If these words resonate with you, please schedule an appointment with me.