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Initial
Consultation

Therapy begins with finding a great fit between you and your therapist. If you are curious about working with me, I encourage and welcome any questions and offer a free 15 minutes consultation to discuss our potential work together. 

An initial consultation is an initial meeting between a therapist and a potential client. The purpose of the initial consultation is for the therapist and the client to get to know each other and determine if they are a good fit to work together.

During the initial consultation, the therapist may ask questions about the client's mental health history, current symptoms or concerns, and goals for therapy. The therapist may also discuss their therapeutic approach and answer any questions the client may have about the therapy process.

This initial meeting is an opportunity for the client to get a sense of whether they feel comfortable with the therapist and whether they think the therapist is a good fit for their needs. It is also an opportunity for the therapist to assess whether they have the necessary expertise and experience to help the client.

After the initial consultation, the therapist and client can decide whether to continue working together. If they decide to move forward, they will typically schedule additional therapy sessions. If not, the therapist may refer the client to another therapist or service that may better suit their needs.

Initial Therapy Consultation:

How to Prepare and What to Expect

Discover the keys to preparation and unravel the mysteries of what lies ahead on your transformative journey.

How to prepare for the session

In preparing for a first initial consultation with a therapist, it's essential to approach the session with an open mind and a willingness to engage in the therapeutic process. Firstly, take some time for self-reflection before the meeting. Consider what brings you to therapy, your goals, and any specific challenges you're facing. This self-awareness can provide a solid foundation for discussing your concerns during the session.

 

Additionally, it's helpful to jot down any questions or topics you want to address. This can range from specific issues you're dealing with to questions about the therapeutic process itself. Being prepared with some key points ensures that you make the most of your time with the therapist. Remember that the first session is a collaborative effort, and your therapist is there to support you. Open communication is key, so feel free to express any expectations, concerns, or preferences you may have regarding the therapeutic approach. Overall, the initial consultation is an opportunity to establish a connection and start your therapeutic journey, so approach it with a sense of curiosity and a commitment to your own well-being.

 

What to expect

During your initial consultation, it's important to anticipate a conversation that revolves around gaining a comprehensive understanding of your current situation, challenges, and goals. The therapist will likely ask questions about your personal history, family background, and any significant life events. This information helps them form a holistic view of your experiences and informs the therapeutic approach they may suggest. Expect the therapist to be attentive and non-judgmental, creating a safe space for you to share your thoughts and feelings.

Furthermore, the initial consultation is an opportunity to discuss the therapeutic process itself. Your therapist may provide information about their approach, the structure of sessions, and what you can expect in terms of confidentiality. This is also the time for you to ask any questions you may have about the therapeutic process or express any concerns. Remember that therapy is a collaborative journey, and the initial consultation sets the foundation for building a trusting and productive therapeutic relationship. Be open to sharing, be honest about your expectations, and use this time to assess whether the therapist's approach aligns with your needs and preferences.

 

The most important point

The primary objective of the initial consultation is to connect with the therapist and gain insight into the potential collaborative work ahead. It's advisable to engage with multiple therapists during this phase to explore diverse therapeutic approaches and interpersonal dynamics. This process allows you to discern the therapist whose approach and personality resonate most effectively with your needs. Embracing the opportunity to sample different therapeutic styles ensures a more informed decision about the best fit for your unique journey toward mental well-being.

  • How can I check if my insurance covers therapy?
    Please click on the link to check your insurance coverage: https://secure.helloalma.com
  • What Is the cost per session?
    My current fee is $120 per session (50min).
  • How do I schedule an appointment?
    You can schedule an appointment by visiting this link: www.igorlight.com/services. Please email me if you need help scheduling an appointment: mail@igorlight.com
  • What are your office hours?
    I offer Tuesday-Friday 1pm-7pm and Saturday 1pm-4pm appointments.
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