What to Expect in Therapy

We understand asking for help from a therapist can be hard, especially if it’s your first time. If you are like most people, you have all sorts of thoughts and feelings running around your mind and you’re not sure how therapy can help. Our hope is to introduce you to the process of therapy, from setting up an appointment to learning about what happens when you show up to work on those things that matter to you most.

Setting up an appointment

Before we meet for the initial session, it’s important to first talk over the phone to make sure we are a good match for you. To schedule a 20 minute consultation appointment, click on the button at the bottom of the page, or call us at 813-531-9433 ext. 2.

During the consultation call, the therapist will ask you to speak about the reason you are seeking therapy and answer any questions you might have. If you and the therapist both feel you are a good match, we will schedule the initial session. On the other hand, we aren’t perfect for everybody and when that happens, we do our best to get you connected to a therapist we believe would best suit your needs. Once you set up your appointment, the therapist will create your client portal where you can fill out the initial paperwork, change your appointment times, and send messages to the therapist all online.

Initial session

Your first meeting with the therapist will feel a little different from every meeting thereafter. There are several things to keep in mind for the initial session:

  • The therapist will ask in-depth questions about the issues bringing you to therapy and how these issues have impacted your life.
  • You will be asked to talk a little about your background, including family life, childhood, work history, and medical information.
  • You and the therapist will also collaborate to develop a meaningful treatment plan informed by your personal values and goals.
  • Finally, the therapist will invite you to try out some exercises to give you an idea of what therapy might look like moving forward.
  • In total, you can expect the initial session to last approximately 90 minutes, whereas every session after that will be about 40-50 minutes.

At its core, this first session allows you and the therapist to get to know each other and the issues bringing you to therapy.

Session-by-session

Each meeting after the initial session lasts between 40-50 minutes. No two sessions are the same because no two people and no two circumstances are the same. This makes it somewhat difficult to give you specific information about what might happen during each session. Nevertheless, we model our core values in each session in several ways:

  • Therapy is about giving you the space to talk about really painful thoughts, feelings, and memories in a compassionate and meaningful way. Importantly, however, therapy is also about taking action on things that matter to you. Often, this means inviting you to try out new skills to help you better cope with difficult thoughts and feelings while moving you closer to your treatment goals.
  • The therapist will often check in with you during almost every session to find out whether your current and newly learned skills are working. When we say “working” we are asking if these skills are taking you closer to your treatment goals and values. The therapist will ask you to fill out short questionnaires at the beginning of each session. After a while, you and the therapist will review your progress on these questionnaires and according to your treatment plan.