Many people find a therapist by asking for a recommendation from trusted people they know such as friends, loved ones or their family doctor. Other people consult a list of mental health providers that work with their insurance plan. When I receive an initial call from someone looking for a therapist, I usually ask some general questions regarding what kind of issues you want to address in therapy. If you think I will be helpful to you, we will make our first appointment. During our first meeting I will get some more specific information about the kind of help you are needing in addition to some background information. By the end of the first appointment, I will be able to tell you more specifically how we will work together to help you make the changes you are seeking. If I do not think I can offer you what you need, I will do my best to make a referral to another clinician in town. It is important that you have a good experience during our first meeting and you are comfortable working with me. By the second or third session, we will most likely know if we are a good fit together.