First Session Preparation

Perhaps you’re considering what it might be like to work with a counsellor online for the first time, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe you’re familiar with online therapy and want to get my take on how our first session may go. Whether you’re just arriving at my website or we’ve already spoken by phone, I hope this post helps you to get to know how I do this work, online.

As a woman who identifies as white, trans, queer, and a person with a physical disability, I’m mindful of the need for you and me to feel safe, seen, and heard in therapy. I state my pronouns and ask you to share yours with me. I know and respect the need to use the first name you share with me. I encourage you to read my non-discrimination policy. I invite you to contact me with any questions.

First, if you haven’t done so already, I will send you a link by email with an invitation to complete an intake form. This will require the quick and easy creation of a Jane App login for yourself. Completing the intake form is encouraged. If you prefer, we can go over the intake form during our first session, which will allow for discussion and an opportunity to skip any details that you may not wish to share just yet. You will be required to sign consent and confidentiality forms. Please know that we may spend a few minutes of your first session to go over these forms together to make sure that you are ready to get started.

After the intake form is complete and forms have been signed, we may spend the rest of the session getting to know each other. I may ask you about what brings you to book an appointment with me, today. This will allow us to have a conversation about what’s been on your mind, what needs to change for you, or what you hope to work through during your online therapy sessions. When it’s appropriate I may explain what has inspired me to do this work, especially my training in Focusing Oriented Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, and other body-inclusive approaches to trauma-informed care and restorative justice.

Finally, near the end of our session is a good time to assess if we’re a good match for teaming up to help you take on the thoughts that keep you up at night or heal from the trauma that lingers in the body. This is the time to ask questions that come to mind about the next steps. If you’d like to continue working with me weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, I’ll invite you to schedule your next session. We can book this together or you can log in to your Jane App account to find a time that works well for you.

I look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, I invite you to explore other blog posts about how we may work together online during the COVID-19 pandemic, including what it may be like to experience an art therapy session online.