How do I get started?
Give us a call or send us a secure message. Christina, our amazing assistant, will listen to you and determine which counselor would be the best fit. She will get your scheduled and follow up with an email with a link to the online paperwork. No need to print out anything! It’s all online! You will follow that link, complete the paperwork, and show up for your appointment.
What can I expect the first time I come?
For the first appointment, your counselor will discuss confidentiality and what brings you to counseling. You will be asked questions about many different areas of your life. This helps your counselor to identify potential areas of strengths and improvement. In future individual therapy sessions, we will identify treatment goals and begin working on accomplishing them. An example of a treatment goal is: “I want to go to Azalea Festival in Downtown Wilmington without having a panic attack.”
How many counseling sessions do most clients attend?
It depends. Your counselor will make a recommendation of how many individual therapy sessions are recommended. Your counselor will also provide their recommendation on how often they would like to see you for counseling. We understand that many barriers potentially get in the way of adhering to your counselors recommendation. That’s okay, we want to work with you and what fits within your schedule. Our aim is to help you accomplish your goals and decide when you no longer need the support of counseling.
I want to see results quickly. How do I do this?
Two key factors set up clients for success:
1) attend your scheduled appointments and
2) do the homework.
There are 168 hours in a week and individual therapy will only be one hour of that. Homework is a way to bridge the gap between sessions, solidify new information and connect you with resources to help you meet your goals. Therapy is an investment in you and your therapist time. It is important to give yourself permission to focus on this time of self-improvement.
How do I know if therapeutic relationship is a good fit?
The most important thing about therapy is that you are comfortable with your therapist. You have taken the first step to getting better and whatever Lauren can do to support that, she will. Please ask as many questions as you like. This is a big decision and you want to make sure it is a good fit before making the commitment. For some people this may lead to a referral to connect you with an appropriate professional that maybe a better fit.