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An intake is not a therapy session; rather the purpose of this 90-minute appointment is to review mental health guidelines and to gather bio-social and psychological information in order to better assess your presenting concern through a diagnostic lens. Diagnosis can be an intimidating word. However, a skilled therapist knows diagnosis only provides a clinical understanding of a person, so this is only the first step in developing a therapy tailored for holistic wellness. Feeling uncomfortable sharing details about your life with a stranger is also normal, so knowing a little about what to expect can help. We will discuss confidentiality, your background and current circumstances, contextual variables (like culture, etc.), review symptoms, as well as why therapy and why now?
The appointment will take place in a standard 50-minute session. Here we will review your mental health assessment and treatment plan. Ideally, by the end of this meeting, we will come up with realistic expectations for our work together—the goals you would like to achieve, course of action to achieving these goals, and the projected duration for therapy. I feel it is important to know that therapy is not always pleasant. Establishing trust takes vulnerability; moreover, it is natural to want to stop things that open-up emotional pain and doubt. Our job is to sit in this process with you—to meet you where you are, and help you get over your current difficulties by discovering tools and developing insights that better re-align with your strengths and purpose in life.
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