If you’re new to therapy, the idea of even going to counseling is terrifying! The thought of spilling your guts and your darkest secrets can seem so overwhelming it can paralyze you. We get it! As someone who has been in therapy off and on the past 20 years, I totally get why you’d be so nervous.

So here’s a step by step guide how to do it:

First of all, check out our Team page on our website and carefully review each therapist’s bio so that you can determine who seems like a good fit for you.

Next, you can make your initial contact with us in any way you feel comfortable! If the phone isn’t your jam, you can email us at hello@empoweredconnections.net or better yet, just go to our Client Portal page and schedule an appointment with whomever you connected with, simply on our website. Once you’ve made your appointment, your therapist of choice will accept your appointment in a short while and then you’ll receive an email from us immediately. This email verifies your appointment and also comes with a link to click on and begin our paperless form process.

Once you’ve clicked on your personalized link, make a password you won’t forget (so you can log on anytime you’d like in the future) and begin the easy signing process of reviewing our forms. Please take your time to make sure you understand our policies and then you can electronically sign them. Please take your time filling out our intake questionnaire as this will give your new therapist a good idea of what you’re struggling with and how she can help you. The forms typically take about 5-10 minutes.

Now you’re all done, your appointment’s been confirmed, and your therapist has your information. Depending on how soon you made your appointment, you’ll also receive a text reminder of your appointment from our practice that is auto-generated (I love getting these!).

Now comes the fun part!

Since all your paperwork is already completed, there’s no need to arrive at the office early. We start every appointment on time so don’t worry that we’ll be late and keep you waiting! We value your time as much as we value ours! You’ll walk into our office in Leonardtown and see right away, that we are different than all the rest. We have decorated our offices like our homes, so it feels warm and cozy, complete with our coffee & tea bar and candies in the waiting room. Help yourself!

Lastly, it’s important to know that we are super focused on the connection between you and your therapist, making sure you feel safe and comfortable, that you like your therapist and that you WANT to come back.

This is more important to us than anything else and we take this seriously. If you ever feel like your experience has been lacking, please send us an email at hello@empoweredconnections.net and we will address it immediately. Here’s an article about why it’s so important.

We hope this “guide” helps you feel more comfortable and relaxed about reaching out for support during a difficult time in your life. Remember, we strive to be part of your tribe and we consistently show you this, session after session. Your trust in us is everything and we don’t take that for granted.

We hope to see you soon!