“In our bodies, in this moment, there live the seed impulses of the change and growth we seek, and to awaken them we must bring our awareness into the body, into the here and now.” – Pat Ogden
Our goal, as a group and each provider individually, is to be as compassionate, non-judgmental, and accepting as possible. We strive to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere wherein you will feel relaxed and able to be open and honest about anything going on in your life that you would like to discuss, even if it is a difficult topic.
Where do We Start?
What to Expect in the First Session
Please arrive fifteen minutes early. You will be asked to fill out minimal paperwork, and together you and your therapist will review the therapy contract. If you plan on using insurance, please be sure to bring your insurance card and ID.
After you have completed the paperwork (usually about 15 minutes), your therapist will ask you what you would like to discuss. While there are a few major items they need to make sure are covered in the first session, we generally like to let you have control in the direction your sessions take. If this is too overwhelming, or you feel unsure of where to start, your therapist will be happy to work with you to find areas that would be helpful to cover. Often you may have a few topics that you and your therapist make a note of bringing up in the next session because you didn’t have a chance to cover everything.
The final item your therapist will cover in the last few minutes of the session is scheduling and payment. You and your therapist will find a time to set as a regular meeting, and then they will accept your payment for the session.
What to Expect in Letter Writing Session
You will be asked to fill out minimal paperwork, and together you and your therapist will review the contract for your sessions together. The focus of these sessions is to help write a letter that is as accurate as possible to meet your needs. However, we are not interested in asking you to explain or ‘prove’ your gender journey to us. We write the letter during the sessions together to ensure that what is written feels as accurate and affirming as possible while meeting doctor and insurance requirements.
About the Environment
We strive for the office to be a comfortable place for you to relax and share whatever may be on your mind. As such, the furniture is comfortable and there is always water, hot tea, and snacks available for your enjoyment. In addition, there are white noise makers outside the doors of each office to further protect your privacy and confidentiality.