Get started in therapy
& know what to expect
I'm so glad you're here, wondering if therapy is right for you. Sometimes, knowing what to expect can help with the anxiety of trying something new with someone new. So let's walk through it:
Step 1: Gather your questions and concerns
You're curious about counseling and how it can possibly help you. If you're feeling nervous or unsure about it, write down any questions, hesitations, or worries you have about counseling. I'm also happy to send you a list of questions in advance to help guide our conversation—feel free to ask for this.
It's normal to feel nervous! Often, it's tempting to back out of your "repair plan" when the hangover and anxiety wear off. To try once more on your own. I fully respect your chosen path to recovery, and if you decide to give therapy a shot, know that you can always end counseling at any time for any reason.
Here are common questions I hear from clients:
What does a therapy session usually look like?
What are the tools or perspectives you'd use to help me with this issue?
Do you have experience working with my particular issues, identity, or culture?
I'm feeling nervous about therapy because ___________. Is there anything you can offer to make this feel more comfortable?
You can also check out my FAQs page for more information about payment, scheduling, experience, and expectations.
Step 2: Book your consultation
Once you have some questions and/or concerns in mind, schedule a no-cost, no-obligation 15-minute virtual consultation through my online calendar. This is a time for us to ask questions and see how well we might fit together. If either you or I feel like, ehh, maybe it's not the best fit—not a problem. I am very happy to direct you to a list of kind, caring, skillful clinicians who might be a better match for your needs.
Step 3: Schedule an intake session
We met, we talked, we clicked! Next is a one-time 90-minute intake appointment where I'll ask you a bunch of questions to really, truly get to know your goals, challenges, values, and other relevant history and details.
You never have to share anything that feels too uncomfortable at any point in counseling. I fully respect that trust is earned and built, and you have complete freedom over what you choose to share or keep private.
After this intake interview, I'll develop a treatment plan to guide our work together. We will regularly check in to see how your goals are going, and make any needed adjustments if you feel something isn't working.
Step 4: Schedule ongoing therapy
After this intake session, all of your appointments will be 50-minutes in length. You'll be able to choose your focus for each session based on what feels most needed, important, or pressing (I'm also happy to help suggest a direction). We can work together to figure out what feels most useful, whether that's practicing skills, unpacking relationship patterns, processing past experiences, or something else.
Counseling is a dynamic, ever-growing process that shifts and responds to what you need and when you need it. You can provide feedback any time or end services at any time, for any reason. I will regularly check in with you to hear how you feel counseling is going, and we can always talk about when it feels like a good time to close our work together.
Mental Health Therapy in Bellingham, WA
Currently, I'm only able to see clients online via telehealth, but stay tuned for in-person counseling options in Bellingham, Washington.