If you are interested in exploring the possibility of entering into a therapeutic relationship, I offer an introductory meeting. Within this time together, we will share information to gauge compatibility and determine whether I am the professional best suited to join you in addressing the matter you have brought for consideration. In addition to considering the likelihood of forging a meaningful alliance, we will discuss office policies and fees to ensure a mutual understanding of expectations and capabilities.
If we agree to proceed, the next few sessions may entail assessments and discussion of desired outcomes. We will decide on modalities of treatment, and establish the framework of collaboration that will be most responsive to your needs. Although I integrate approaches that scientific inquiry has shown to constitute "best practices", research has shown the quality of the relationship is the variable most relevant to achieving meaningful results.
It is well established in psychology that each of us has a "default position" we assume in relationships. This way of relating impacts all other aspects of our lives, and will likely be part of our conversations. Furthermore, none of us lives in isolation. All thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the context in which they occur. Even the briefest, solution-focused therapy will include developing an understanding of the outside forces that most influence your life.
Whether our consultation is a session or two, several weeks or months, or remains an open relationship over time, we will periodically review what has transpired and what more is ahead. Whenever one or the other of us believes that the goal(s) have been accomplished or we have come to an impasse, we will freely discuss the possibility of termination or referral. This is a natural part of the growing process.