Meet and Greet
Finding the right match with a counsellor is important. This is a free 20-30 minute consultation either by phone, online or in-person. This is your chance to meet your potential therapist and decide if they are a good fit for you. We will share with you how we work, what to expect in therapy, and answer any questions you have. We will also ask you for a brief description of what you are looking for support for, so we can determine if we can offer what you are looking for.
What to expect?
Once you choose a therapist whom you think you would like to work with, you will book a meet and greet session. A meet and greet session is an informal meeting. If you are meeting with us at our office, you will be greeted by the therapist in the waiting room. It’s natural to feel a little bit nervous the first time you meet a potential therapist. We will do everything we can to make this meeting comfortable. While we will ask you a few questions about yourself and your concerns, we will no delve too deep into anything until you decide if you want to work with us.
In the meet and greet session we always review the following:
- Cancellation agreement
- How we work
- What issue/concern you are seeking support for
How to Choose a Therapist?
Finding the right counsellor for your needs can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many to choose from. The meet and greet session provides an opportunity to get a sense of whether the therapist feels like a good fit for your needs and preferences. Consider the following questions as you decide about proceeding:
- Did I feel comfortable?
- Can I imagine myself talking to this therapist?
- Does this counsellor have experience in the thing I am struggling with?
- Did the way the therapist explained how they work to resonate with me?
If you answer yes to these questions, you may have found the right therapist for you!
Meet and Greet Sessions for Children and Youth
If you are looking for a psychologist for a child under the age of 13, we ask that you attend the meet and greet session on your own and/or with your child’s other parent(s). While we love to meet your child(ren), we believe that the conversations we will have at this session is most appropriate for the parent/guardian to have alone with the therapist.
Youth age 13 and over are welcome to attend the meet and greet session with their parent. Youth typically have a sense of what they are looking for in a therapist, so their opinion about whether the therapist is a good fit can be important in assisting parents/guardians in choosing the right professional.
Confidentiality and Privacy
One of the most important things therapists do is keep what you say private. We will not share any information about you with anyone except in the following circumstances:
- If there is a reason to believe that you are in imminent danger;
- If there is reason to believe that someone else is in danger;
- If there are concerns that a child has been harmed, neglected, or is in danger;
- If an animal has been harmed or is in danger;
- If there is a medical emergency;
- If required by a legal order.
While we will review this information in detail if you decide you would like to work with us, the same rules apply during meet and greet sessions.