Our First Phone Call
Sometimes it’s nerve-wracking to pick up the phone to pursue help. Pressing that last phone number digit can feel like the point of no return. I work very hard to make you comfortable and at ease even from the first phone call. You did the brave part by dialing the phone. Now you can relax as I’ll guide our first conversation. I’ll find out how you heard about my practice. Then I’ll ask you, “What kind of help would you like?” and let you share. We will figure out a time that works for both of us to have your first initial session.
If you reach my voicemail, please leave a message and I will call you back in less than 24-hours, unless it is a weekend. When I call, I will ask, “Is this an okay time to talk?” to make sure you have the time and/or in a location where you can talk. If you cannot talk, we’ll figure out a better time to talk.
After Our Call
I will follow-up our phone call with an email confirming your appointment time, along with directions to my Shelby Township office, and a few other details. I’ll send you an online link with a few forms to fill out prior to our first session. This form will give me a bit of background about you and your situation, as well as explain some of the administrative details to make our sessions go well for you.
I like to use the first appointment to get to know you a little better. I’ll ask you more about what brought you in for counseling or life coaching and we’ll go over a few administrative details which could include scheduling our next session. Depending on the time available, we can begin to formulate some counseling or life coaching goals to work on in future appointments. Like our first phone conversation, you may be nervous and/or unsure how this whole process works. So I’ll ask a few more questions than normal to relieve you of the pressure of knowing what to say.
After Your First Appointment
I cannot guarantee this will happen, but many people feel like a burden has been lifted off of their mind and heart after their first appointment. You may be more tired than normal after your appointment because it can be exhausting to tell someone how you are struggling and/or where you need help. But you may also feel relief because you have someone who is on your side and working diligently to help you reach your counseling goals.