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It is not unusual for new clients to wonder what the sessions will be like…

…or how they will fill an hour talking about themselves.

However, most clients are surprised by how fast the time goes by.

Know that we understand that first appointments with a therapist, whether new to counseling or not, can cause anyone anxiety. We pride ourselves on understanding the therapeutic relationship from the client perspective.

It is our job to create a comfortable and safe environment for each person that seeks our services. During the session, we take our lead from you – listening, asking questions, and giving information to facilitate your goals.

Your initial appointment at PeoplePsych is the first chance for you and your therapist to really get to know one another.

The first interaction will include an overview of the confidentiality and privacy protections and limitations.   Additionally your therapist will clarify the structure of the sessions.

The first therapy appointment is also a chance for you, as much as you are comfortable, to talk about what brings you to therapy and any past experiences with therapy. It is important for you to let your therapist know about your past therapy or clinical experiences, especially what you did or did not like about your past therapy or counselors.

For the most part, your ongoing sessions will be similar to your first session at PeoplePsych. Once you enter the session with your therapist, a conversation will start. You can either take the lead and talk about what is on your mind – or have us ask you some questions to help you connect with the issues that you want to address.

Your therapist will try to manage the time during the session as much as possible to ensure that you do not feel the session ends abruptly.

And if you find that fiddling with something is helpful, you might want to make sure that you have a object nearby!

Video Sessions/Telehealth

We use a secure HIPPA compliant web-based video call platform operated via JANE (our web-based office management system).  Clients access their telehealth sessions via through a unique link sent via email prior to the session or accessible in their personal JANE account. There is nothing to download and the site can be accessed via your phone, tablet, or computer as you wish.   Once you clink the activated link, you are entered into the virtual ‘waiting room’. Once there your therapist can start the call.

All you have to do to prepare for the session is to make sure that you are in a comfortable space, with a good internet connection, where you can speak freely without concern of others hearing you. If you have used your computer for a video call or meeting prior to the session you might want to restart your computer prior to the call as sometimes secure telehealth platforms have difficulty accessing microphones or cameras that have been or are residually occupied. Also, in computers JANE works best and most reliably in Chrome or Safari.

Additionlly, Clients are asked to complete the TeleHealth Informed Consent prior to their initial telehealth therapy session.

In-Person Session

There isn’t a receptionist or other check-in at our office, but there is a waiting area inside the suite.  You can go ahead and have a seat, your therapist will come out to greet you at the designated time.

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