Each therapist may have a different approach to therapy. You can connect with our therapists for a consultation call to learn more about what a first session might look like when working with a specific therapist.
Generally though, we take the first several minutes to discuss administrative pieces and sign off on paper work, if not completed prior to the session.
We take time to get explore who each person is, their relationship to others in the room, and important parts of their context (i.e. personal identities, how most of their time is spent, significant relationships, residing situation etc.). We take some time to consider what relationship dynamics look like with all those in the room.
We will explore what brought you into therapy at this particular point in time, and begin to establish a mutual understanding of what it is you ideally hope to see/do/feel differently. From here, based on what is shared, we start exploring important pieces to align you with your goals.
Often, at the end of sessions we will reflect on what had been most helpful and what might be something we want to talk about next time. We collaboratively agree on what might be helpful to try in between sessions and schedule a follow up appointment.
If the concerns you are experiencing or the hopes you are holding for what might be different all surround the same person, it may be helpful to weigh your options.
Would you feel comfortable in sharing your hopes for them to attend individual therapy? Would they be open to this in a way where they see the potential benefit for themselves in attending individual therapy?
It may also be helpful to reflect on the possibility that family therapy could be the route to take, in that if you are holding a hope for someone else to attend therapy, there is likely an impact their way of showing up has had on you, that you too may benefit in having explored and addressed.
Overall, relationship concerns and/or felt hopes can be addressed individually and/or relationally. The best route to take can depend on various factors (ex. interest level of all parties involved, safety in the relationship, what the concerns and felt hopes are etc.).
If you are still left uncertain about what may be most helpful for you and your circumstances, please connect for a consultation call.
No, not necessarily!
The process of family therapy is one that is fluid and collaborative. We would work diligently in the first several sessions in getting a clear idea as to what everyone’s ideal hopes and expectations of the process are. This may leave certain members of the family unit needing more one on one time with the therapist, or perhaps with the therapist and specific other members of the family.
To gain greater clarity based on your specific context, you can connect for a consultation call.