Knowing what to expect at your first therapy session unveils the mystery behind the closed door of therapy.
There are many misconceptions and late night comedy routines that thwart those who want therapy.
My hope it that through this posting, this mystery is revealed.
Finding a therapist.
Once you have decided you want to engage in therapy…you will soon discover there are many different types of therapist/counselors/advisors/life coaches along with social workers, psychiatrist, psychologist and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.
I am an advanced practice nurse that specializes in adult psychiatry aka psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner…that means I am qualified to provide therapy and I prescribe medication only to adults.
Since, I know what I do…that will be the focus of this writing.
What to expect when you see a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Once your appointment is set, you will be asked to complete paperwork…a lot of paperwork. Completing this paperwork before your session allows more face time between you and I.
Why all the Paperwork?
Much of what you complete allows me to have a better understanding of your life by knowing your concerns, medical history and goals. I think of this paperwork as “the story of your life”.
This paperwork is the beginning of our therapeutic relationship. It helps you to understand any restrictions I may have, cost of the services and hours of availability. In addition it outlines your legal rights ensuring privacy, security and professionalism within our relationship.
As a medical provider. I follow similar laws and regulation that dictate a medical practice.
At the beginning of the session, I will review what you wrote and answer any questions you might have.
As we being discussing the events that led you to this session, it is not uncommon to feel uncomfortable. Some folks get emotional. Some folks are goal directed and straight to the point. Whatever your style, no worries…together we will formulate a plan.
The Way Ahead
We talk about your timeline, goals or specifics regarding what is troubling you. I help you understand your symptoms. Together we plan the way ahead. Some folks’ symptoms warrant medication, others will find therapy is the best solution, while some do both.
My role is to support you, help you understand why you are having these feelings and provide you with information to help you make an informed decision.
Currently my practice is within the military community, as I am an active duty Major for the USAF.
I work in a community mental health outpatient clinic.
I love what I do.
I can not express to you how amazing it feels to see someone’s life transform into goodness through my clinical services.
Beginning September 6, 2017, I will be offering online secure therapy services. I am leaving the USAF to begin my own journey. If you are interested in further information, please just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will respond as quickly as I can.