Wolf River Psychological Services provides individual assessment and psychotherapy to adult clients and teenage clients on a case by case basis. Please contact me for information on availability and scheduling.

What to Expect at Your First Session:

Starting therapy is an important, and sometimes difficult decision. Finding the right fit in a therapist can significantly impact the outcome of treatment. As a result, there are several important goals in an initial meeting.

  1. In order to get a thorough understanding of the client’s symptoms and struggles, a clinical interview is conducted. During this interview, the client may be asked some difficult questions about their current functioning, as well as their history dating back to childhood. This information helps the therapist get to know the client, and to understand their individual needs.
  2. A treatment plan will be developed based on the information gathered in the clinical interview. Creating this plan is a collaborative process between therapist and client. The final plan should be comprised of the evidence–based approach that has the best chance of helping the client reach their individual goals for therapy.
  3. The client and the therapist must determine together if they feel there is sufficient trust and comfort to proceed with therapy. While it often takes time to build a solid working relationship, this process begins in the first session. If the client or therapist feel that their needs would best be met in a different setting, alternative referrals will be discussed.

Expect the initial session to take 60-90 minutes.

Follow-up Sessions:

Psychotherapy sessions will be structured around the client's treatment plan. This will vary based on the presenting issue, as well as the client's strengths and needs. Sometimes, homework will be assigned between sessions. The work done outside of session is equally important to what is accomplished within the therapist's office.

Expect follow-up sessions to take 45-50 minutes each.

Additional Assessment:

Based on the client's presenting issue, additional assessment using standardized psychometric instruments may be required. If there is a need for additional testing, this will be discussed at the initial appointment or if needed as treatment progresses.