Besides considering training and experience, a therapeutic match is something that tends to feel like a good fit. To that end, there is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting. I often recommend that folks make an appointment with more than one therapist to see how they feel talking to each. Although this may seem at first like a lot of trouble, it is essential that you feel comfortable with your therapist. If it becomes apparent that I am not the best fit, I will be glad to help you with a referral.
Basically, that means that I look at the way internal life influences external stressors. I investigate with you where the past and present intersect. We look at where your feelings and thinking come together to make up the story of your emotional life.
Some clients are very familiar with a therapy setting and start talking comfortably. However, frequently clients new to therapy feel choked up with emotion before they say anything. Both are fine and understandable.
I try to make it as easy as possible to help you feel at ease without getting in your way.
However, therapy is a process and revealing yourself needs to be at a pace with which you are comfortable.
Frequently however, your plan will have what is called an out of network benefit which will allow you to receive reimbursement for a provider that is not on their panel. Many times you will not be told about this benefit unless you ask for it by name.