Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed therapist, and I’m the founder of our center in Asheville. I’ve created this message to help you. I want to help you make a decision if we are the right therapist for you, I want to help you understand what to expect, especially if you’re new to therapy, and I want to give you some practical information about how to help pay for therapy, which I think everyone should know about.
First of all, everyone runs into challenges in their life, and it’s important for me to say this, because I think a lot of times in our culture we feel that it’s not okay to reach out and ask for help. And I actually think it is. Everyone runs into challenges. Reaching out to a licensed professional can be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. We’ve helped a lot of people work through very difficult times in their lives, and we have a wealth of experience to draw from.
When you come in to your first session, we’re probably going to ask you a lot about your thoughts, your feelings, your opinions about what’s going on in your life around the life issue that you’re having. We’re going to have a dialogue. It’s going to be very interactive, much like a conversation. And I think clients find that very relaxing, and it really puts them almost like in a place where we’re having a conversation and it makes it a little less scary, I think, coming into therapy.
But what we’re going in that conversation is getting to know you. We want to get to the heart of the matter. And once we do, we’re going to, with your help, create a roadmap to move forward in your life in a healthy way. We’re going to reach you skills and tools that will be necessary to take those steps. We’re going to talk about that during our sessions, but of course, we’re going to help you take those tools out into your life where they matter most, of course, in your own pace, in your own time.
A good first step could be just to pick up the phone and give us a call. You could talk to the therapist on the phone that you would be seeing to see if you’re comfortable with them before you make a decision. I highly recommend that. Tell them a little bit about what’s going on in your life. You could ask them questions about when they’re available, both day and night. And I want you to feel comfortable with the person before making an appointment.
We also have a lot of videos and articles on our website. This is a great tool for you. You can look up life issues that you’re currently going through, and perhaps get some suggestions that would be helpful. You also are going to get an idea of the kinds of advice that we can give.
And, of course, please pick up the phone and reach out if you’d like to take the next step in your life. We’re here to help. Thank you so much.