You are welcome to schedule a free initial 30-minute session, during which you and I have a chance to get to know each other in a private and comfortable setting. The purpose of this session is to help you see if we are a good fit. If you decide that you do not wish to move ahead together, please don’t worry that my feelings will be hurt! I understand completely that therapy is a very personal and sensitive choice.
What makes a good therapist? How are you different?
In the simplest terms, a “good therapist” is one who meets certain criteria, including:
- They are experienced, qualified and all required licenses, certifications and memberships are valid and in good standing.
- They are not striving to achieve a “quick fix” — because they know people are complex and must be respected as such.
- They provide you with support and structure, but in a manner that enables you to find your voice and share your story. You must always be at the center of the treatment approach — not the therapist.
- They gently, intelligently and respectfully check in with you throughout your work together, to understand how you feel, what you think, and to verify if a certain treatment approach (or approaches) are working for you. If not, then the therapist must be open-minded and willing to adjust.