Sometimes our relationship with ourselves needs some time and attention. Anxiety, depression, stress, identity issues, family of origin patterns, and previous trauma can all play a role in our difficulties. Though we look at life through a systems lens, we are good at supporting individuals while they learn and grow, manage and heal, and find peace and health. We are trauma informed, EMDR trained, and identity savvy.
Individual Therapy with Minors: In some circumstances, Rachel will see an individual client who is under the age of 18. When this occurs, the parent or guardian is allowed legal access to all of their minor child’s records, just as they would in a medical or school setting. However, because of the nature of therapy, we ask that parent’s voluntarily offer their minor child some privacy.
The First Three Steps:
1. Free Consultation
In this 20- 30 minute meeting, we will get a short summary of the difficulties you are currently experiencing, answer any questions you have, and allow you to get a sense of how we work so you can make an informed decision about whether we are a good match for you. Sometimes it takes a few tries to find a therapist that you feel is a good fit for you, so if at any point of the process you feel you need a different option, we will not be offended!
2. Intake Appointment
If you choose to start therapy at Blue Turtles Counseling, this initial meeing is usually an “information gathering” session. This session sets the stage for the rest of the work and future sessions will continue to build on it. We will ask you several questions about your history, your current situation, and your goals for therapy. Sometimes we get all our questions answered and sometimes we don’t, but know that this is an important part of getting “the big picture” of what has led you to seek therapy.
3. Following Sessions:
We usually prefer to start seeing you weekly to get to know you and to get some momentum going in our work. As clients sense they are seeing some progress, and are feeling more settled and less triggered, we can reduce sessions to every other week or other “as needed” scheduling. We think of therapy work in layers. There may be a certain issue or ‘layer” of work you do for a time. When that layer feels resolved, you might decide to pause and return to therapy another time when you are ready to work on the next layer. Or, you may decide to keep attending therapy and work on the next layer immediately. The choice, as always, is yours.
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