You have thought long and hard about starting therapy and now you are finally ready to reach out and schedule an appointment. You brace yourself for the call, you dial the number … you get the voice mail. Now what?
It might be helpful to think of your first contact with a therapist in the same way you think of an informational job interview. You plan the questions you want to ask to make sure the therapist is the right fit for you, and clarify their specialty, availability, location, and fees. Then you reach out and schedule this initial appointment. I offer free 20-minute phone or teletherapy consultations.
As it turns out, this first contact is very important to the therapist too. Just like you, the therapist needs to mentally prepare for the meeting to assess if they can help you, if your needs are in the scope of their practice, if you are having a mental health emergency, and to describe their services to you in an accessible way. They wouldn’t be able to engage in this conversation with you if they are with a client, if the client is waiting in their front lobby, if they are consulting with their colleagues, or doing things like driving, exercising, or eating lunch.
As a solo practitioner, I am the only one who could answer the call from the client and I am usually not in a position to be able to answer a call that’s not scheduled. The best ways to reach me are, in the order of preference:
- Book a free 20-minute teletherapy or phone consultation right now;
- Email me to schedule your consultation – firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Text me to schedule your consultation – 503-770-0810;
- Leave me a voicemail at 503-770-0810 and I will text you to schedule your consultation.
Office Location in Portland, Oregon
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, I am seeing all clients via ONLINE THERAPY using a secure HIPAA-compliant video platform for people located in Oregon or internationally (please contact me regarding your specific country).
My practice is located in SW Portland near Beaverton (West Slope), in the two-story red brick building called Canyonwood III. My ADA accessible office is on the first floor of the building and there are no stairs. Convenient free parking can be found on the front and sides of the building. Trimet Bus Service 58 stops nearby.