Our practice is made up of independent practitioners who share the common goal of providing patients with thorough assessments, collaborative goal setting and a wide variety of state of the art therapeutic methods for resolving problems.
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies based on the nature, duration and severity of the problem presented in combination with the personalities of the psychologist/therapist and patient.
If this is your first experience in psychotherapy…
Prior to your first visit, we may ask you to complete a few assessments to help evaluate your needs. By the end of several sessions, we will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work together will include and a general treatment plan to follow if you decide to continue in therapy. Psychotherapy is most effective when the patient does work on things we discuss both in the session and while at home. Some times you may be asked to do some reading, journaling or other activity to help the process move along more efficiently.
Therapy involves a large commitment of energy, time and money, so you should be very careful about the clinician you select. This includes training, experience, psychotherapy techniques and personality style. Research supports that the therapeutic relationship between patient and therapist is often the most important variable in treatment outcome. If you should have questions about our procedures, policies or techniques, you should feel free to discuss them at any time.
“How long will this therapy take?”
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by new patients.
This is a difficult question to answer because it often depends on a large number of variables. One of the advantages of seeking services at our institute is that our clinicians are trained in a wide range of techniques. Through proper assessment we can collaborate about the method that might be the most efficient and best suited to your learning style.
Therapy meetings are most often scheduled in 50 or 80 minute sessions. Occasionally, we do longer sessions for EMDR or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. These options along with recommended frequency of meetings will be discussed following your initial evaluation.
We appreciate your choosing a therapist at IPI Virginia LLC and look forward to collaborating with you to achieve your desired goal. To learn more please visit our frequently asked question page, or click here to learn more about our clinicians and how you may contact us.