Therapy has to be a collaborative process if you want to obtain the goals you set. You, the client, tell me what your goals are. I, the therapist, then help you tweak the goal or reword it in some manner, but it is still your goal — not mine. Together, we agree on the desired outcome and work as a team to obtain that specific goal. One of the most critical components to “successful” therapy is based on the trust and relationship built between client and therapist. If you don’t feel comfortable, how are you going to be honest and share your life situation which brought you to therapy? Your child needs to feel comfortable with his/her therapist in the same way. Remember that trust takes time, so you have initial sessions to go with your gut feeling and think, “Can I see me developing a relationship with this person?”
It may be important for you to determine what expertise, skills and/or training the therapist has. For example, adolescents, adults, EMDR, etc.
An initial phone conversation or consultation can be a good way for you to get some initial questions answered. Please call me if you have a few questions before making a decision. I also offer a 15- to 30-minute free phone consultation to provide you with the opportunity to ask me initial questions. You may also e-mail me prior to your first appointment. I will get back to you within 24 hours or quicker. Please note that this e-mail may not be confidential.