Getting Started With Therapy
Having questions about the process of starting therapy?
We want to help increase your comfort level with getting started. Keep reading to learn more and strengthen your confidence to take this loving leap for yourself and your life.
Making an Appointment
The first step is to complete our contact form so that we can better understand your needs and what you are hoping to address in therapy. We will then reach out via email to schedule your intake appointment. Once the appointment is confirmed, we will send instructions on how to complete the electronic intake paperwork, which will be sent through our electronic health record (Therapy Notes).
Completing Electronic Intake Paperwork
Please note: All electronic intake paperwork must be completed by all clients at least 24 hours before the first appointment - otherwise the session will need to be rescheduled - and we require a credit card to remain on file.
Therapy Notes is the Electronic Health Record Cadence Psychology Studio uses to document client encounters. After scheduling your initial intake appointment, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to create an account on the client portal. This special link is specifically for you, and should not be shared with anyone else. The link will expire 7 days after you receive the email; please create your account as soon as you receive the invitation. Once you create an account, you can then complete the intake paperwork that is housed within your client portal.
Our First Session
The first session is called an intake session and will last approximately 50-55 minutes. During the intake, we will ask questions about what brought you in and what you’re hoping to accomplish through therapy. We will discuss your diagnosis and outline a treatment plan together. We will then schedule a follow-up session.
Follow-up appointments will last 50 minutes. Clients are typically seen on a weekly basis. The most successful clients come to therapy prepared to talk about what they’re going through and are ready to work on what brings them to therapy.
Throughout your sessions, we will check in on your progress and discuss your treatment plan together. We will always strive to collaborate with you on your care. Although we may be an expert in mental health, you are the expert on your self. Thus, we value your feedback concerning what is most helpful and supportive.
As you progress, we may collaboratively decide to reduce the frequency of your appointments. For clients who are nearing the end of treatment, we are open to booster sessions or monthly check-in appointments. We also understand that due to busy schedules and finances, we may need to figure out an appointment frequency that works for your life. In addition, we welcome past clients back to treatment at any time as we understand managing new seasons of life can often benefit from extra support.
After your first few sessions, we will schedule out several therapy sessions. It is often preferred that weekly appointments are scheduled to occur on the same day and time each week (although there can be flexibility within this).