Dr. Chris St.Germain, Psychologist
You're not alone. Lots of people experience some nervousness about entering into therapy. I make attempts to ensure your therapy experience is as supportive, non-judgmental, and beneficial as possible. Remember, you will not be alone in this process. I'm here. Please feel free to let me know if there is anything I can do to make your initial experience more comfortable.
Another important piece relating to comfort is the therapeutic work itself. People often discuss things in therapy that are personal and uncomfortable in nature. There is no problem too big or too small for therapy. Remember that taking some risks and tolerating small amounts of discomfort may in fact be a part of your journey to a better place of wellness and healing.
Therapy plans differ from person to person because each person brings their own unique experiences and concerns to the therapy. Normally, I conduct an evaluation and introduction phase at the beginning of our work together. This traditionally lasts 2-4 sessions and allows any questions you may have to be answered. This also allows us both to decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your treatment goals.
If we decide that we would work well together and meet your needs, I will schedule one 50-minute appointment per week at a time we agree on. In some circumstances appointment times may be less or more. Once an appointment hour is scheduled you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation (unless we both agree that you were unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control).
Individual Therapy is an opportunity for you and I to work together in a 1:1 therapeutic relationship. My approach with each client is to learn about your concerns, identify areas of growth, and work collaboratively with you to determine the most beneficial course of therapy that will best address your needs. Through a series of individual appointments, we are able to tailor this therapeutic plan to be inclusive of your individual style.