This is about doing therapy that works.
If I get a chance to hear what you’re looking for, I can better determine if I’m a good fit for you or if you’d be better off with a referral.
But that’s not the bottom-line reason that I offer a free consult. This is:
Throughout the years I’ve had countless opportunities to get to know various therapists — therapists in a group practice, therapists who were in consultation groups with me, and therapists that I’ve met through professional or personal connections. Most of those therapists are wonderful and competent people. But not all of them. There are a few therapists I’ve met that I would never feel comfortable making a referral to (and a few more I’ve heard about). And I figure, since I feel that way, doesn’t it make sense that a client might also feel pretty apprehensive about booking and then paying for an appointment with someone who they don’t like from the get-go, or even worse, someone who ends up, well, being a creep?
Since I’m really interested in clients who are committed to making changes and getting help, it only makes sense to offer them a real actual choice when they meet with me: a choice that doesn’t have pressure attached. I don’t want a client to feel obligated to stick with me since, after all, he or she already paid for the initial session. I don’t want you to have that financial pressure to stay with someone you aren’t entirely comfortable with. Therapy is expensive and you don’t want to waste even one session with someone who can’t help you.
So I want to take that issue off the table. That’s why I offer a free consult. You are completely free to decide whether or not you want to jump into therapy with me based on meeting me and interacting with me for 30 minutes.
This actual interaction is much better quality information than simply reading my website (where I could have had someone just write stuff that looks good for me) or even better quality than chatting on the phone.
I want you to freely choose to come back. And I like getting people excited about their possibilities! I don’t see the 30-minute consult as a necessary business “expense.” I see it as a fun and invigorating opportunity for both of us.
Convinced yet? Ready to book your free consult?