What to expect when calling or coming in for the first counseling session.

What to expect when calling:

When you call, you will reach a secure voicemail, please leave me a message that includes your telephone number and some times that will work for me to reach you.  Please leave me a number where if I don't reach you, you will feel comfortable with me leaving you a message.  When we speak, I will ask you what is happening in your life that makes you want to come into counseling at this time.  Also, I want to know what you would like to receive from coming to therapy.  

In this first conversation, we want to determine whether I am the right counselor for you or whether your needs would be better served by another counselor who might have a different specialty in which case, I might be able to give your some referrals.  Also, if you prefer, you can contact me vie e-mail.  Please remember that e-mail is not completely secure, but do what works best for you.    

What to expect when coming in for a first counseling session:

In the initial phone conversation we will discuss a counseling time that will be convenient for your schedule.  It is not unusual to feel excited or anxious about this first meeting.  Breath and congratulate yourself for being willing to seek help.  

On the day of your session, you will find metered parking on Washington Boulevard or free parking on the side streets.  Come to the back of the building and enter through the garden gate.  Please make yourself comfortable in the waiting area and I will come out to escort you into the office, so that we can getting to know each other in the confidential office setting.  

Please come to this first appointment early so that you have the time to fill out some paperwork before the session.  Please feel free to ask any questions and let me know of any concerns that you might have.  We will discuss your goals, expectations and ways that we can work together so that counseling can meet your unique needs.  

Our initial session will be fifty minutes.  During this time, we will be working toward building a trusting relationship that provides you with the help that you need.  I look forward to being of service to you.

Please contact me today at (310) 384-0086 for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see whether I am the Marriage and Family Therapist for you.

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