WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE FIRST SESSION
We want to begin to get to know you and what you hope to gain from therapy.
We will ask questions, so you don’t need to know exactly what you will say. We will review basic forms that cover confidentiality, payment and informed consent. We will discuss any questions or concerns you have about therapy, or about how the therapist works. We will start to connect!
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO THE FIRST SESSION
Any questions you might have.
Your insurance card, if you have one.
Payment (in cash or check), if we’ve told you what your fee will be.
Yourself and whatever you may be feeling/thinking at that moment.
HOW LONG DO SESSIONS LAST
Individual and couples sessions are 45-50 minutes long. Group therapy sessions may be longer, depending on the group.
HOW TO GET TO THE OFFICE
We have two locations: in Andersonville and the loop. The Andersonville office is located on Clark St., just south of Bryn Mawr Ave, in the Andersonville neighborhood. It is very close to many bus lines, and 5 blocks west of the Bryn Mawr stop on the redline “el”. Street parking is easy and plentiful right in front of the office. The loop is on Washington and Michigan, 2 blocks from all major "el" stops.
What you share with us is completely confidential, with a few exceptions. These usually relate to the possibility of physical harm to yourself or others, and are covered in the intake forms, and reviewed again at the first session. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST
This totally depends on the client and what is troubling him or her. Sometimes relief can be quick, but often long-lasting change takes more practice and support. This is something that you and the therapist would decide together, and continue to monitor.
WHAT ABOUT MEDICATIONS
Medications can be helpful for some troubles some times. We do not prescribe medications, but if you and your therapist feel that this would be helpful, we will assist you in finding a psychiatrist.
We do have a therapy dog, Maple, who is at our Andersonville office some days. She's very gentle and friendly, but if you have a phobia or extreme allergy, please let us know!