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Why a Free Consultation

Because psychotherapy (aka counseling or therapy) requires vulnerability and openness, the relationship between the therapist and patient is very important to the process. A therapeutic relationship should feel professional, yet also personal.

An initial consultation can give individuals an opportunity to get more information about the therapist, without making any commitment to meet again. Additionally, there are the practical considerations that can be covered in a consultation, such as insurance an payment options.

What Happens in a Free Consultation?

The consultation usually lasts about 15-20 minutes. During this time, you and Jamie will connect through video to introduce yourselves, assess whether there’s a good match in terms of your needs and Jamie’s expertise, ask any questions you may have, check the video connection, and discuss matters like insurance and payment options.

The article 20 Questions to Ask Your New Therapist, by David Susman, Ph.D. can give you some idea of questions you may ask during the consultation, or anytime during the therapy process.

What to Expect After Scheduling

Once your consultation is confirmed by the therapist, you will receive a Google calendar invitation, with the link to join the video, in an email. The video call will be done using a HIPAA compliant version of Google Meets. If, when you scheduled, you provided a phone number, you’ll also receive text reminders with the link for the video meeting.

Join the video from a private place, where you can hear and talk without distractions. If using a computer make sure you have a camera, speaker, and microphone. Most phones and laptops come with these built-in, but some desktop computers might not have them.

More Information is Available

Read more about Chisholm Trail E-Therapy here.

Not sure if you are ready for therapy or not sure therapy is right for you? Find helpful information here.

Click here for more information about online therapy.