My first contact with new patients typically occurs by phone. During a brief initial conversation, I will be most interested in learning how I can help you, and why you are seeking assistance at this time. I will also be glad at that time to answer any questions you may have about working with me, or about therapy in general, and the fees for my services. At the end of that conversation, you may decide to schedule an initial consultation.
Our first meeting will last 90 minutes, and the agenda for it is pretty simple. I want to learn as much as I can about you, with a focus on the difficulties that have brought you into treatment. We will also, in that very first session, begin to discuss potential methods for addressing your problems. Your job during the first meeting is also very straightforward. In addition to helping me understand you, I will also ask you to begin determining how comfortable you are in talking with me, and the degree to which my proposed approach makes sense to you. You may need more than one meeting to gather this information, but I want to know that I respect your ability to make this assessment. The research suggests that you will have a clearer sense of this than I, and that "goodness of fit" predicts positive therapeutic outcome.