NEW CLIENT INFORMATION
First, I want to thank you for choosing to work with me. The therapeutic relationship itself is one of the most important factors in the success of therapy. I look forward to earning your trust and supporting you in reaching your therapeutic goals.
Please download, complete, and email the following paperwork to email@example.com, preferably prior to our first session. Please note that the Privacy Policies document is for your information only.
The paperwork can be completed however it works for you. Most commonly, clients will do one of the following:
Complete the paperwork completely on the computer, using a digital signature (typed signatures are acceptable)
Print the paperwork and complete by hand, then scan using a printer or smart phone (sometimes people have just taken pictures and have emailed as attachments)
If you need any assistance in completing and returning the paperwork or if you have any questions about the paperwork, please contact me.
If you've completed the paperwork prior to our first session, you really don't have anything left to do to prepare. If for some reason you aren't able to access or complete the paperwork, please consider the following:
What are the current symptoms you would like to address?
What stories do you hold about these symptoms? What do you think is causing them? What do you think is keeping you from overcoming them?
How will you know it's time to end therapy? How will your experience be different? In what ways might your life be different?
What events in your life have shaped who you are and how you see the world? These might be big events or they could be repeating events (or lack of events) of a similar theme (e.g. "My parents often told me I was too much").
What are your current coping strategies? Which strategies actually help? Which do not?