We do our best to tailor our schedule around yours. We have several therapists with varying availability Monday – Friday, which allows us to offer early morning and late evening appointment times. We are not open weekends.
We are honored that you have chosen to work with one of our licensed mental health professionals. We understand this may be an emotional and/or stressful time. Here's how to prepare for your first appointment:
1. Call our office staff to determine if the therapist you are interested in working with can take on new clients.
2. Our staff will e-mail you paperwork that needs to be completed prior to your initial session. This will include a copy of your driver's license or identification card, insurance card, and medication list.
3. Once your paperwork has been received (and your insurance has been verified, if applicable), our office staff will contact you to schedule your first appointment and send you instructions for using our Telehealth platform.
4. You will receive a link to your initial appointment in your e-mail approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the session.
5. Log on and meet with your therapist. Initial assessments typically last about 45 minutes and will require participation of the new client and therapist only (if the new client is 18 years and older). A parent/guardian is required for the initial assessment of a new client who is a minor.
6. Our goal during this initial assessment is to understand your therapy goals and to create an individualized plan to help you meet these goals.
7. Please feel free to let us know if you are feeling anxious or worried during this first appointment, and bring any questions that you may have for your therapist.
Your therapist will individualize a treatment plan for you. In general, therapy sessions include time for assessing your needs, skill building to help you find healthy ways to cope with stressors or mental health symptoms that you are experiencing, and time for processing or talking though ongoing stressors with your therapist. Therapy should feel like a normal conversation with someone who is engaged with you and will keep what you share confidential. Many clients find it is a place to be completely honest, enabling them to deal with the issues that are keeping them from living the life they want.
No. We don't have a medical doctor or psychiatrist on our team. Our licensed professional counselors are trained to treat mental health issues through talk therapy with behavioral and cognitive interventions. We can help you find a psychiatrist who can treat mental health issues with medication management, if needed.
A LPC-Associate must have completed a graduate degree in counseling, passed a national counseling examination, and accumulated 300 hours of supervised experience in a graduate internship or practicum site. These counselors work under the supervision of a LPC-Supervisor for the first 3,000 hours of their professional work. This just means that the LPC-Associate meets with a more experienced counselor regularly to review their cases and get feedback. A counseling session with a LPC-Associate is still a one on one appointment between the LPC-Associate counselor and the client.
Starting therapy can feel overwhelming.
We are happy to answer your questions.