THE FIRST SESSION. The first session includes a thorough discussion about consent, confidentiality, and what to expect from the therapeutic process and relationship. The intention of the first session is to orientate the client, as well as determine "the fit" between client and clinician. Client will discuss their present day functioning ("what brings you in to see a therapist?") as well as provide an overview of their risk (ex., social isolation, lack of routine) and protective factors (ex., current coping strategies, movement and nutrition routine). Clinician will then overview the therapeutic modality that will help support the process. By the end of the first session, the clinician will be able to determine if weekly or biweekly sessions are recommended. Homework at the end of first session is to determine goals for therapy which will be discussed in session two.
THE SECOND SESSION. Once the getting to know each other is out of the way in session one, the work can begin in session two. Every session will begin with an overview of how the clients week went/any challenges and what coping strategies were available. Next, the client will express their goals of counselling and what they hope to take from the process. Finally, the bulk of session two will focus on "the past", where client will debrief clinician on past experiences, relationships (family, partners, and friendships), as well as any additional factors that contribute to understanding the clients current triggers and challanges.
THE WORK. After the first and second sessions are complete, that is when "the work" begins. The number of sessions for this part of the process is different for every client. The work is a flow between attending to the "here and now" when life happens, as well as uncovering the past and striving towards the desired future when there is space to do so. The work includes gaining tools, exploring concern areas, and deepening self awareness.
Session are available in 50-minute or 75-minute scheduling options.
All appointments are virtual.