The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. As you prepare to take your first step towards healing, here is a helpful list of what to expect in therapy at the Olive Branch Therapy Group. We fully recognize that whether you are coming alone, bringing your child in, coming in as a couple or family, this may be your first time in therapy. We strive to make this a seamless and non-intimidating process for you.
- To begin, please contact us via phone or email us directly from our website. Please inform us in your message, which of our therapists suits your needs. It is our goal to get back to you promptly.
- Your initial appointment will begin with an intake assessment. For about one hour, we will ask you questions about yourself and the reason(s) you have decided to seek our therapeutic services at this time. This is an important step, where we learn about you and establish an understanding of your goals. Your therapist will review your medical history, personal history, and current situation. We will review confidentiality, insurance and/or payment methods. We always suggest that you come prepared with what you want your therapist to know about you. The information you provide helps us to better understand your needs and concerns. Once the intake is completed, we will schedule your next appointment date and time, that works best for you and your therapist. We give you our business cards, in the event you need to reach out to your therapist.
- Next, you will schedule your therapy sessions for once a week, although some will be scheduled twice, based on need. Therapy is teamwork. In order to get the results you are looking for, we ask that you be open and honest, come prepared, and make it a priority to attend your sessions regularly. In order to get the best outcomes, please discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your therapist throughout your sessions. Since we only meet once a week, many times your therapist will ask you to complete a small “homework assignment” during the week. These can include journaling, supplemental reading, and/or practicing behavior changes.
- Finally, once you and your therapist decide therapy is ready to commence, you may reduce your sessions by meeting less often with the ultimate goal of healthy termination.