First Visit

FIRST STEPS: ONLINE DOCUMENTS

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 log in. 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. You will also be able to access your billing statements and invoices via the online portal.

LOCATION & PARKING

My office is located at 115 N. Jackson Street, Suite 100 (directions available on the Connect page). There is convenient street parking as well as access to a 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 or the side door closest to the parking lot. When you walk in either door, you will enter a quiet waiting area where you can sit and relax before your appointment. There will likely be some light music playing, and you are welcome to help yourself to the refreshments on the counter.

WHY THERAPY?

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 how the past and present interact, which can help improve your ability to more effectively navigate your life moving forward.


Over time, you may find that you begin to solve your problems differently, and more effectively manage various aspects of your life. In doing so, you may find that anxiety, sadness, and other unpleasant internal states will decrease, both in frequency and duration. As one psychologist put it, "The goal is that you should know yourself more fully...to be more fully human, and a better version of yourself (Dr. Jonathan Shedler).

THE THERAPY PROCESS

The process of psychotherapy is a collaborate experience between you and me. The first few sessions will be spent getting to know each other, clarifying your presenting concerns, identifying a formal diagnosis (if there is one), and discussing what might be a helpful course of action. I encourage you to ask any questions you might have throughout treatment.


It is also important to keep in mind that there are several different approaches to therapy, and 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 thought treatment, and also welcome you to openly share your thoughts and feelings about this with me as well.


I will be more than willing to provide you with referrals to other therapists in the community if you do not feel my style of therapy is a good fit for you. I may also recommend alternative or complimentary treatment options that I think might helpful.