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Choosing to prioritize your mental health is a courageous step in the right direction! I encourage you to take your time as you browse this website, read a few of my blogs and listen to a couple videos. Everything has been designed to give you information about my personality, my skills, and insight into how I work.   
Choosing just the right therapist requires some contemplation and thought – you want a therapist that resonates with you; a therapist who is not only competent but someone you feel you can build trust with and feel comfortable with.  
If this is your first time in therapy, this beginning may bring up a lot of questions.  You may have heard or believe some of the myths about mental health therapy that are out there.  One thing’s for certain, not addressing ‘the problem’ usually only makes it bigger in the long run.  
Other curiosities are about what happens in the room. You might wonder how “sitting on a couch (or on a telehealth video) talking about feelings” could help? You may wonder if you will ever really feel comfortable sharing your true thoughts with someone else? You might worry that a therapist will judge your choices or that maybe you don’t have enough to talk about. Those are all understandable concerns to have.  
If you are returning to therapy, this marks an important step. You may feel like you know what you need out of therapy now. You know what it is like to work with a therapist, and you may have both positive and negative experiences with therapy before. I will want to hear what coming to therapy was like for you before. We will build on what you have found useful and repair what wasn’t.
Feel free to call me or email me with any questions you may have.  You can also take advantage of a free 15 minute phone consultation, I can’t wait to get to know you!
Take care,
Norma McCarthy, LPC

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