Katie Steinert, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Your First Visit

How does therapy help?

Pin on Tonja Wilcox Art &IllustrationTherapy serves as a space to expand your repertoire of healthy coping skills and open your eyes to new ways of dealing with situations that you may not have been aware of before. If you are seeking diagnosis or treatment for a mental illness, therapy can help you better manage your symptoms and triggers. Through engagement in therapy, you may even begin to view your circumstances as a personal growth opportunity instead of a burden or obstacle.

Some specific skills therapy can provide are:

  • Strategies to improve emotion regulation
  • Stress-management techniques
  • Skills and techniques to improve communication and engagement in relationships
  • Greater self-compassion and improvements in your relationship with your body
  •  The ability to set healthy boundaries in your relationships
  • Recognizing your own skills, strengths, and positive attributes to quiet negative self-talk
  • Improving your ability to more consistently engage in values-guided actions and move towards a more fulfilling life
  • Relying less on avoidance  and increasing willingness

What to expect on your first visit

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Your first therapy session has two main goals:

1. Assess your circumstances

Our first meeting will focus on assessing your current circumstances and therapy goals. From there, we can better determine what type of therapy is right for you, what it will entail, and how you can incorporate therapy into your busy schedule. In addition, I may recommend relevant reading or growth-oriented tasks for you to complete outside of our therapy sessions. It is very important that you take an active role in your healing.

2. Build a relationship

Our first session is meant to function as a two-way interview. I’ll get to know you, and you’ll get to know me. My goal is to better understand your primary issues and concerns, as well as your life experiences leading up to this first meeting. You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions too. It is important to establish a client/therapist relationship that is supportive and honest. In fact, a positive relationship with your therapist is one of the most accurate predictors of success in therapy. Each client/therapist relationship will be unique but certain values and themes are true for all sessions, and you can expect the following:

  • To be treated with compassion, empathy, respect, and understanding
  • To receive knowledgeable and scientifically backed techniques and information to assist you in overcoming your mental health related struggles
  • To arrive in a safe, supportive, and confidential space
  • To receive practical strategies and techniques to enact positive changes on your life

 I look forward to getting to know you and helping you reach your therapy goals.

Please register on the client portal to schedule your first appointment.


Is therapy confidential?

Houseplant Care Guides: Peace Lily 101 | House plant care, Peace lily, Plant care houseplantAs a general rule, all therapy sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with your therapist will remain between the two of you, unless you request otherwise. Confidentiality is protected by law and no information from the session can be disclosed without prior written consent from the client. There are exceptions to this law, however, and the therapist can disclose information from the session to legal authorities or appointed persons if any of the following are true:

  • If the therapist suspects abuse to a child, dependent adult, or an elder, or are made aware of domestic abuse. These situations all require the therapist to notify law authorities immediately.
  • If the therapist suspects an individual has caused, or is threatening to cause severe bodily harm to another person, therapists are required to report it to the police.
  • If an individual intends to harm themselves, expressing to the therapist for example, plans for suicide. While the therapist will attempt to work through this in the therapy session, if it appears to be unresolved or the client does not cooperate, additional action may need to be taken to ensure the safety of the client.

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