"Start before you are ready." 

Getting Started....

How do I get started? It is very common for people to feel nervous about setting up their first therapy appointment. Not only is it challenging to find the "right" therapist, but the entire process can also feel intimidating and stressful. That is one reason I offer a free 15-minute consultation. This gives you a chance to see if you think I might be a good fit. Research shows that the rapport between a therapist and their counselor is one of the biggest factors in counseling success. Therefore, it is important for you to take your time in finding the right therapist for you.

What To Expect:

Think of it as an introduction. During the introduction we both decide if we think it would be beneficial for you if we worked together. Not only are you "interviewing" me for the role of your therapist, but I am also trying to determine if I am the right therapist for you. No treatment or therapy will happen. So, what will happen? You will get a general feel of my personality and you are welcome to ask me questions. My website offers a lot of information about me, but if there is anything else you'd like to know, the consultation is a great time to ask.

Specifically, you may want to know if I have experience working with similar concerns as you have. You may also want to know if I have experience working with your culture or religion. Overall, you want to be sure you feel comfortable and safe. You also want to be sure you feel heard and respected. Lastly, you want to be sure our availability line up.

I may ask you about your goals, what you are hoping to achieve/accomplish. I may want to know if you have seen a therapist or coach in the past and about your experience. I'd like to know if the experience overall was positive or negative. I'd also like to know what has worked for you and what hasn't. We all have different styles, approaching, motivations. Lastly, I will likely ask you what you are looking for in a therapist/coach?

At the end of your consultation, I will let you know if I think I can help you and you can decide if you think we are a good fit. There will be no pressure to schedule an appointment. However, if we agree that we are a good fit, I encourage you to book an appointment. By booking an appointment, you are setting yourself up for success. Odds are if you don't book an appointment, you will be in the same spot six months from now. If you don't think and feel like we are a good fit, you are encouraged to be honest. I will not take it personally. Therapy is a very personal process and not every therapist can help every client.
“All in all life is pretty easy right now, and I feel like I have the right mindset about everything thanks to you. I’ve said it before, but I don’t know if you understand what an amazing influence you have had on my life. You helped me turn the lowest point of my life into my biggest opportunity.”
~ C.K.
“I’ve seen many therapists over the years and can honestly say without hesitation that you are THE BEST therapist I’ve ever had! I mean seriously, you are a true hero, like a firefighter you entered my burning house and saved me! Thank you, Mary!”
~ T.J.

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