Prior to your first visit, I will send you my practice documents via an e-mailed link to a secure, confidential portal. The email will include your own four-digit login PIN, which you will be prompted to change when you first access the portal. The online portal allows you to complete all the required documents before we meet in-person for the first time, and to do so in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The information you provide will allow me to better understand how I may be of assistance to you.
My office is located at 115 N. Jackson Street, Suite 100 (directions available on the Contact page). There is convenient parking located on the street as well as in the large public parking lot located on the south side of the building. You can access my office using the main entrance in the front of the building, but I recommend using the side door closest to the parking lot (Suite 100). When you walk in the door you will immediately enter a quiet waiting area where you can sit and relax before your appointment. There will likely be some light music playing in the background and you are welcome to help yourself to refreshments sitting on the waiting room counter.
The process of psychotherapy is a collaborate experience between you and me. I will review the information you sent electronically via the patient portal, which we will review in more detail together during your first visit. The next few sessions will be spent getting to know each other, clarifying your presenting concerns, identifying a diagnosis if indicated, and discussing what might be a helpful course of treatment. You are encouraged to ask any questions you might have during the process and throughout treatment.
It is also important to keep in mind that some forms of therapy (and therapists themselves) are not a good fit for every patient. I will do my best to be attuned to this during our initial sessions, but please do not hesitate to openly share your thoughts and feelings about this with me as well.
It is important that patients are comfortable with their therapist and the type of therapy provided. There are several different approaches to psychotherapy, which we can discuss more when we meet in-person. I will be more than willing to provide you with referrals to other therapists in the community if need be, or discuss alternative/complimentary treatment options as well.
Many times our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are rooted in what is happening in our lives in the present but also what we have experienced in the past. Therapy has the potential to help you gain insight into those connections, resulting in an increased ability to more effectively respond to situations in your life that might be causing distress - e.g., job, relationships, family, finances, etc.
Over time, it is likely that you will begin to solve your problems differently, and more effectively navigate and manage various aspects of your life. In doing so, you will likely find that anxiety, sadness, and other unpleasant internal states will decrease, both in frequency and duration.
"[Therapy] really is a process of becoming more fully human - becoming more fully ourselves. The goal is not that you should think or feel a certain thing...the goal is that you should know yourself more fully - you should be more fully human and a better version of yourself" (Dr. Jonathan Shedler).