Deciding to find a therapist and start therapy can be an intimidating and confusing process. How do you find a therapist?How do you decide? There are so many different therapists and types of therapy you may feel overwhelmed and may not know where to begin.
Hopefully, some of the information provided on this website about my psychotherapy practice has helped you with this decision.
If you are ready to find a therapist and start therapy you may be wondering what happens next?
The answer depends on a number of factors.
If you know you are ready to begin and you want to schedule an appointment you may either send an email to KristinKPsychotherapy@gmail.com
Or you may call me at (919) 454-4450 and I will schedule your appointment within 24 hours. Afternoon and evening appointments are available.
* A note about telephone calls. I know that many people don't like to leave messages; however, if you call and the call goes to voicemail please leave a message. I am unable to answer calls while I am in session but will return your call as soon as I am available.
If you are still not sure or if you have a few questions you want answered first we can set up a free telephone consultation to answer your questions.
After our consultation, if you decide you want to proceed and schedule an appointment I will provide you with a copy of my office policies, privacy policies, and consent forms. I ask that you read these prior to your appointment, complete the necessary forms, and sign where appropriate. We will review these documents at your first therapy session.
We will spend the first few psychotherapy sessions taking a detailed history and gathering information necessary to develop a plan of action for your therapy. Together we will develop a plan that will help you meet the goals you wish to attain through counseling. In the case of child and adolescent therapy, parents and clients will be involved in developing the plan.
Throughout the therapy process we will assess the appropriateness of your plan to see if it is working and change it as needed. Some people begin psychotherapy wishing to address an immediate issue causing pain and are satisfied to address this problem. Once the crisis is over and the pain reduced or eliminated they terminate therapy.
However, others may decide to pursue deeper issues once they have reached their initial treatment goals. Whatever you decide is best for you, we will work together to develop the most effective treatment.
I am often asked “Will my mom or dad be involved in my treatment sessions?” It depends on your needs and the needs of your family. With children the family is involved in therapy sessions as they play a major part in helping the client/family achieve their goals. Individual therapy, family therapy sessions, or parent coaching may be required depending on your family needs.
For teens the answer to this question is a little bit more nuanced and the response is “maybe”or “as needed.”
Some teens have problems and concerns that they don’t feel comfortable discussing in front of their parents. In that case we will work together to meet your treatment needs, those of your family, respect your family culture, and maintain your confidentiality.
Another question I am often asked is about payment. I ask clients to pay at the beginning of each session. Some clients wish to submit claims for reimbursement to their insurance carrier and others prefer to simply cover the costs without involving their insurance provider. There are both good and bad points to both and we can discuss these concerns during your initial therapy session. If you choose to submit a claim for reimbursement I will provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance carrier and they will reimburse you directly. If you are a retired FDNY 9/11 survivor, payment arrangements are made through FDNY.
Payments are accepted via cash, check, all major credit cards, or PayPal. If you are paying via PayPal please do so prior to coming to your session.
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