I’m glad you’ve stopped in, and I hope this website will feel helpful to you. Trying to choose a psychotherapist can involve quite of bit of research and sorting and, once you’ve done that, you’ll want to select a few clinicians to call and interview on the phone if possible. When you decide to make an initial appointment, you can think of that session as a consultation to see how you feel about the therapist and the type of therapy they may recommend. You should get a lot out of that first session even if you decide not to continue with that particular clinician.
I would be happy to set set-up with you a 15-minute phone consultation at no charge as you are trying to find the right therapist. You can send me a request for this phone call via this website. Then, in our call you can ask me some questions, and I will ask you a couple of questions and then we will make a plan. If you decide to make an initial appointment, I am usually able to get you in within a few days time.
There are many benefits of a good psychotherapy, but there are a few parameters that need to be met in order for it to really work. It requires a decision to commit to the therapeutic process, and for you to enter into a collaborative stance with your therapist. The therapist should give you their opinion of your diagnosis if you have one, a suitable treatment plan, and of whether your therapy is best as a shorter / consulting type, or a medium length of 6 months to one year working together, or a longer and more intensive type. Once you and the therapist have decided to work together, you will need to commit to regular weekly sessions, and you should make sure to understand the fee structure that your therapist uses so that you can decide if you can afford an on-going psychotherapy with him or her. Psychotherapy can be expensive both in terms of time, money and energy, but it is a wonderful investment in the rest of yours and perhaps your family’s life. If you need it, there is no substitute for a good psychotherapy.