How I Help In Therapy
Making the decision to come to therapy has been an experience for you.
Hopefully you have already called me at (470) 588-2624. Here is just a brief explanation of what happens at each step in building our therapeutic relationship.
Step 1: Contact me
Contact me on the form below with any questions that you have not been able to answer or figure out. You can just call me at (470) 588-2624 if that is easier. I will answer and provide you with the hope you are searching for.
I may be unable to answer immediately due to helping another client. Leave me a message or not, because I return all calls for help to my office within the same day.
Step 2: Free Consultation
This is free and usually takes about 30 minutes via telephone. I have a few questions that I will ask you to make sure that I am the right therapist for you. Towards the end of this call we will know if we would like to work together or not.
If we determine that I am unable to help you, I will be glad to help you find 1 or 2 other resources that might be able to help.
Step 3: Initial Assessment
The initial assessment is completed in 1 to 3 50-minute sessions. I like to use this time for us to get to know each other, hear from you what is causing you pain and to explain exactly how I help.
After this time, you will have a plan that we create to help you get better.
There is a very detailed and specific method that I use to gather information from you during this time. It is completed in three 90-minute sessions.
Session 1- Both partners must be present as we explore deeper into what brought you to therapy. I have several questions that I ask both of you. You will be provided with instructions on how to complete your online relationship analysis prior to our next session.
Session 2- This is where I will interview you and your partner separately for 45 minutes. We can do this on different days if both of you are unable to come together.
Session 3- You, your partner, and I will meet together for this session and probably for all of our future sessions. I will provide you with valuable feedback using the information I have obtained from my questions and your online relationship analysis. Together we will create a plan that will be used to guide our work together.
If we decide that I am not the right therapist for you and your partner, I will be happy to offer you 1 or 2 resources that may be able to help.
Step 4: Pick a Time
It is important for you to remain committed to your therapy and attend your sessions with me weekly. I am committed to you and offer a variety of appointment times to try and accommodate your busy schedule. I use an easy online scheduler to reserve your appointment.
Step 5: Digging Deep
Together we will explore and process various areas of your life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I will guide you on a self-exploration journey. We will identify patterns, thoughts and values that may be interfering with your ability to get better and stay better.
I can wear many professional hats during your therapy with me from teacher, to guide, to prayer partner, to coach, to expert and sometimes just listener. We will discover and evaluate what is working for you and what is not working for you. I will be present and non-judgmental throughout our time together.
Each session will build on the previous session until you reach the point where you determine that you are ready to end your therapy.