The first few sessions serve as an introduction to the counseling process and acquiring your history. We will review your personal information and other paperwork, you can ask questions about me and the counseling process, and we will explore why you are seeking counseling.
The therapeutic relationship between a therapist and a client is the cornerstone of the counseling process. It can take time to develop this relationship. Some people find it easy to jump in and disclose personal information about their self. Others may take more time to feel safe enough to share. We will proceed at your own pace, however you feel most comfortable. I ask that you come to our sessions willing to work and know it is a process that takes time. It is important to be open and honest with your thoughts and emotions. I will frequently check with you to make sure what we are doing is helpful.
I act as a mirror to reflect back to you how you are acting, thinking and feeling, to give you a different perspective. It is difficult to see one’s own self – as a picture cannot see its own frame. When you have another perspective it can give you clarity. I am always respectful of each person’s unique journey and feel it is an honor to be a part of each individual’s process.