Intake Process

After our initial contact, and the scheduling of an appointment, you will be sent a link to the client portal which will provide you with copies of all of our practice policies and the required release forms.  You will be able to complete all of these forms online.

The first 1-3 psychotherapy sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs, goals, and expectations for therapy. This initial evaluation will help me better understand your concerns and what our work together may entail. This is also the time for you to consider how comfortable you feel working with me and if we seem to be a good fit. Within the first few sessions, I will provide feedback about whether I have the skills and experienced needed to help you meet your goals. Remember, the most important component of therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist.  For this reason, If I do not believe I can best help you meet your goals, I will provide you with referrals for therapists who may be a better match.

What If, After Our Consultation, I Decide to See a Different Therapist?

That’s okay. I won’t take it personally. In fact, I encourage you to shop around. You’re investing in something important and a good fit is essential. Sometimes, one meeting is not enough, and it takes two or three consultation sessions to know for sure.

If you decide that I’m not the right therapist for you, I’m happy to help you find someone else, and can provide you with referrals to colleagues that I trust and respect. It’s important to me that you find the therapeutic relationship that will be most useful to you—even if it isn’t with me.

Virtual LGBTQ+ inclusive and supportive counseling services 

51 Pleasant Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

ldube@merrimackriverwellness.com

 

Tel: 978-306-2850

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