Sessions range from 45-60 minutes. The first session is started by getting a detailed assessment of the current problem. This will include asking questions about your background so I can learn a bit about your family, medical issues and symptoms. At the end of the first session, together, we will make a plan of action.
It is always helpful if you have an idea of what you want to get out of therapy. Therapy is about you: You're the boss, and people forget that. My job is to guide you to where you want to go. The important thing to remember is that the therapist-client relationship is exactly that -- a relationship.
You're the co-creator of this relationship. If you come in saying, "Here are my goals, here are my expectations, my preferences on how to proceed, what matters to me most,"-- if you go in prepared and not looking to take a backseat....you will have the most success. In addition, it doesn't hurt to discuss your "hot buttons" with me to let me know if you are upset by a session.
The bottom line is that therapy can be and will be many things -- some days you will leave happy, some days you'll leave exhausted or sad but the end result is that hopefully by the end of therapy, you will leave strong and free.