A common question asked of me is what therapy will be like. This is such a great question and my answer is constantly evolving with a few areas remaining unchanged. Queer-affirming is unchanging, and is often where I start with my answer. My therapeutic stance is unchanging as well, and what this means is I strive to offer affirming and empowering spaces for folks, and this simply will not change. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (pronounced as the word “ACT” ) is a therapy approach that checks the boxes for both affirming and empowering.
Also, thanks so far for staying with me up to this point in the blog. If you made it this far, I would love to share more about what I appreciate about ACT and how I believe it serves the folks choosing to work with me.
Last week was a doozy, wasn’t it? We are on the edge of losing rights to our bodies and to our reproductive and sexual health care. There’s speculation and dread that marriage equality rights are next. Gender-affirming health care rights are being stripped away state by state. Ukraine is still being destroyed. Oh ya, and this week it will be in the 90’s. If you just planted your precious starters outside that you’re hoping will nourish you this season, you probably tried to frantically find shade cloth at the garden centers, but there was none. They only had frost blankets in stock. Why’s that? Because it’s not normal for it to be this hot this early. In the West, it has been the driest two decades in 1,200 years.
This is happening.
On top of all that, your boss keeps emailing you asking for tedious reports and numbers. They’ve marked these obtuse emails with the dreaded red exclamation mark as if their crisis, passed down from upper management’s anxiety, is the only thing that matters in the world.
Before you open your email this morning, take a moment to find center.
Values are like the North Star. In the night’s sky, the North Star is nearly still as the northern sky moves around it. For this reason, the North Star can be used as an old school way of navigation. Getting to know your values is about finding direction and your life’s purpose, finding your True North. Take a moment to reflect on the relationships or practices in your life that keep you steady when things in life threaten to uproot you. (Forsyth & Eifert, 2018)
Hurray! You did it. You reached out and scheduled the initial consultation. That is no small feat, and we recognize the emotional work it took to get to this place. Now you may be wondering, “What should I expect for the initial consultation phone call?” In this article, we will explore what to expect during that initial phone call.
You scheduled your first therapy appointment. Now what?
In this blog post, we will address the following topics:
1. Complete the initial intake paperwork
2. Complete the Intake Form
3. Accept the email invitation for your Microsoft Teams meeting
4. Setup and test your phone or computer for your telehealth appointment