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FAQs for Getting Started in Therapy

How do I get started with therapy?psychotherapy wilmington, nc

To schedule a therapy appointment, you can give us a call at 910-210-6160 or schedule a time for us to call you back.  Our amazing assistant will listen to you and determine which counselor would be the best fit.  She will get you scheduled and follow up via 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?

 

C’mon in, fix yourself a coffee, and get cozy.  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 strength and improvement. In future counseling 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.”

 

grief counseling wilmington ncHow many counseling sessions do most clients attend?

It depends.  Most people will attend between 10-12 sessions.  However, it varies widely depending on what you are healing from, going through, and how much effort you put into making changes outside of the therapy session.
 

I want to see results quickly for therapy.  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’s time. It is important to give yourself permission to focus on this time of self-improvement.

 

How do I know if the therapist/client 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 LMV Counseling can do to support that, we 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.

 

What if I don’t like the counselor I’m scheduled with?

We understand that every counselor isn’t going to be a good fit. Not to worry! Let us know.  If it wasn’t a good fit with that one counselor, our assistant will get you matched up with another counselor within LMV Counseling.

 

How do you accept payment for therapy?

We keep a credit card on file with our medical record system, Theranest.  Your card will be charged at the end of the therapy session for your copay or payment.  We will send you an email with what to expect to pay prior to your first session. You are also welcome to pay by check or cash.