Top 4 Reasons to Use the 15-Minute Free Call Before Hiring a Psychotherapist

In the spirit of modeling a wellness mindset, I’ve embraced “The enemy of progress is perfection” for these resources. While in an ideal world, I’d only produce evidence-based, academically sourced content, the reality of my life as a parent and professional demands flexibility. Thus, I share insights from my experiences, learnings, and memory. I prioritize accuracy, so if you spot any errors, please let me know.

Disclaimer: The content here is psycho-educational and/or opinion, and not a replacement for personalized psychotherapy. Each person’s mental health needs are unique; consult a qualified professional for personalized support.

The 15-minute free call is a common practice across many psychotherapy practices. What’s the big deal? Let’s delve into why this introductory call can be invaluable, followed by a glimpse into what you can expect during your initial conversation with me.

  1. Building Rapport: Picture a first date with a stranger. That initial vibe, the sense of connection—it sets the tone for everything that follows. In therapy, this connection, or rapport, is paramount. Feeling understood and heard establishes a foundation for positive therapeutic outcomes. The 15-minute call provides an opportunity to gauge compatibility and begin fostering that crucial connection.
  2. Clarifying Administrative Details: Before diving into therapy, it’s essential to iron out the logistics. Questions about session costs, location, duration, and billing shouldn’t be left unanswered. The free call ensures that both therapist and client are on the same page, eliminating surprises down the road.
  3. Assessing Therapeutic Fit: Not all therapists specialize in the same areas, nor do they employ identical therapeutic modalities. The introductory call allows clients to articulate their concerns and preferences while giving therapists insight into whether their expertise aligns with the client’s needs. It’s a chance to ensure a fruitful partnership from the outset.
  4. Offering Referrals and Resources: Therapists are dedicated to helping clients, even if it means referring them to a more suitable practitioner. The 15-minute call serves as an avenue for therapists to provide valuable referrals and recommend additional resources, ensuring that clients receive the support they need, even if it lies beyond the therapist’s scope.

Regardless of the outcome, the 15-minute call maximizes the potential for a successful client-therapist relationship. Clients depart armed with insights and resources, paving the way for informed decisions and positive therapeutic experiences.

What to Expect with Shira

When you reach out to me, I’ll suggest a brief call—typically via video or telephone. We’ll exchange greetings, navigate the initial awkwardness, and I’ll outline the structure of our consultation.

“So, here’s how these consults usually unfold,” I’ll explain. “I’ll provide an overview of my practice, you’ll share what brings you here, and we’ll have an opportunity to address any questions or concerns. From there, we can decide on our next steps, whether it’s exploring other therapists or scheduling a session. Do you have a preference on who starts?”

From there, it’s an open dialogue. Some clients dive into their concerns immediately, while others prefer to get to know me first—a perfectly valid approach. During our conversation, I aim to glean the essence of your situation, address your inquiries about my approach, and ensure alignment on logistical matters.

Ultimately, my goal is to ascertain whether I’m the right therapist for you. If not, I’m more than happy to offer referrals or suggest alternative resources to support your journey. And all of this unfolds within the span of just 15 minutes. Should you choose to book a session with me, I’ll provide insights into what to expect during our initial meeting.

I look forward to meeting you! Let’s be in touch soon. 

I come with the perspective that you are the expert on yourself, I am an expert at psychotherapy, and we are both fallible humans. I don’t claim to have all the answers or know better than you. I will share resources, describe concepts and experiences, and contemplate out loud (in writing). The more I learn, the more aware I am of how much I do not know. 

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If you would be interested in exploring what therapy has to offer you, I’m here to help. KC Davis wrote, “Imperfection is required for a good life.” So, begin here and now, where you are already at, and I’ll meet you where you are.

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