What should I expect during my first session?
Your first counseling session will address the main reason you are seeking counseling. It is usually an event or a certain situation that brings people into counseling. In your first session, we will explore aspects of your past, conflicts, trauma, and unresolved situations to help build "the puzzle" of your unique story. The therapuetic relationship is built upon the premise that anything and everything you say is safe. During the first meeting, Mary will be asking more questions in general in an effort to get to know. By doing so, she will then have a better understanding of you and your struggles.
What should I bring the first time?
You will be asked to provide your driver's license and insurance card prior to your first session, so that your benefits can be checked by the billing department. This helps you to be aware of your insurance benefits such as co-pays and co-insurance, along with your deductible amount. Most plans have deductibles and co-pays. Deductibles and co-pay payments are due at the time of your visit. Mary accepts all forms of payment.
How long are the sessions and how often will I meet for counseling?
Therapy sessions are typically 45-50 minutes. The frequency of counseling depends on your own specific needs. Each individual brings with them experiences that require attention and focus to help them gain deeper self awareness. Mary will regulary review your progress with you.
Is it normal to feel like you want to stop and quit counseling?
Yes. As with any change, there is resistence and feelings of discouragement and fear. Mary often tells people "You know you are making progress when you feel that you want to give up." Mary will work with you to help you confront your fears and identify barriers that are inhibiting your change journey. Talk to Mary openly about your feelings, so together you can plan for ways to overcome osbtacles that are interfering with your progress.