Frequently Asked Questions
It's normal to have a lot of questions about starting something new.
If your question is not covered below, feel free to click Let's Connect! to ask me directly.
What can I expect at my first session?
After we agree that we might be a good fit during your free 15-minute phone consultation, I will send you electronic paperwork to complete. I send this paperwork in advance because it takes time to complete thoughtfully and I want to maximize our time together during your first session. If completing this paperwork in advance is not possible or feels uncomfortable, we can complete it together at your appointment. The first session is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, and as such, will be a little different than most sessions.
During this session, you will have the opportunity to:
· Ask any questions you have for me
· Tell me about your current challenges and share how you’d like this to be different
· Discuss your hopes for the future
During this session, we will:
· Review important information about accessing counselling and complete necessary forms
· Review the paperwork you completed and explore some of these responses
· Discuss how therapy and different therapeutic modalities may address your concerns
· Create counselling goals to help focus our work together
At the end of this session, you will be encouraged to consider whether you feel ready to begin therapy at this time. There may be times when I believe another service could best meet your needs. It is important to me that you receive the safest, most effective care available.
Do you only work with trauma?
Great question! While I specialize in helping individuals overcome the impact of traumatic events, I also provide therapeutic support for other concerns. Feel free to connect with me for more information.
Do you work with children?
I generally work with individuals who are age 12 and older.
Someone in my life believes it would be a good idea for me to talk to someone. I agree, but the idea of talking to a stranger about some of this stuff is overwhelming. How much do I have to share?
I get it. For some people, meeting with a stranger to discuss some of life’s most challenging moments can be akin to visiting your dentist for a weekly root canal.
While it is important for me to have a sense of your goals for counselling, when it comes to processing your experiences of trauma, I don’t require much detail to help. In fact, sometimes talking too much can pull you out of the areas of your brain completing the work!
While some people prefer to keep the details minimal, other individuals have expressed that verbally sharing what they are processing helps. My goal is to provide you with choices to increase your level of comfort throughout this process. I can easily provide adaptations to meet you where you are.