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What Can I Expect?

Many people are uncertain about what to expect when starting with a new therapist. In order to try to make this process easier, I’ve provided answers to the following frequently asked questions:

How do I set up an appointment?
In two ways – simply call (919-428-5277) or email ( and ask for an appointment.

What should I say in that call or email? What information do you need from me?
All I need in that first contact is your name and phone number, but you’re welcome to share any other information as well.

Then what?
I will make every effort to get back to you within 24 hours.

How long will it be before I get an appointment?
Schedule permitting, I will attempt to see you for a first appointment within seven days.

When should I show up for my appointment?
For the first appointment, I recommend that you come to my office 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so that you can review and fill out forms about yourself, your rights as a client, my policies, your contact information, and your consent to treatment. At that appointment, we can discuss a regular time for your sessions.

From then on, you can expect that I will see you at the time of our scheduled session. I make every effort to start and end sessions on time.

What will the first session be like?
The first session with a therapist is often called the “intake.” It typically lasts at least 60 minutes, which is longer than a usual session, because it involves more of an interview about what brings you to therapy and your history. Part of the process of psychotherapy is working together to determine what areas are most important for us to focus on; I will try to ease you into the process at a pace that feels comfortable to you.

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