What to Expect from Therapy

Initial Sessions

We know that starting therapy can be a nerve-wracking process and hope you will consider the first few sessions as an initial consultation. We encourage you to see this as a time with no strings attached, and an opportunity to learn more about your therapist to see if you would feel comfortable working together. It is very important that you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose. Therapy won’t always be comfortable. In fact, at times it can be highly uncomfortable. So we want you to feel that your therapist is someone you feel safe with to do that uncomfortable work with together.

During these sessions, you can expect to get a sense of your therapist’s practices regarding therapy, confidentiality, and payment. At the same time, your therapist will likely be trying to get a sense of your personal history and what it is you hope to get out of therapy. This initial process builds basic trust, understanding, and the foundation of a plan for therapy together that meets your needs.

After the first few sessions, if given your goals and comfort level, it seems to be a good fit, regular therapy sessions will be scheduled. If not, your therapist will offer referrals to providers in the community who may better fit your needs.

Therapy is like any other relationship between people: it takes work and open communication.

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments typically last 45-50 minutes. We have a flexible range of days and times available for appointments. Please click here to schedule your first therapy appointment.

In-person appointments take place in our office on the corner of Roland Ave and 36th Street (“The Avenue”) in Hamden. New Connections Counseling Center is located at the end of the hallway on the second floor. The location is easily accessible for those in Towson, Roland Park, Mt. Washington, Charles Village, and Hamilton.

Free parking is available on Roland Ave and the residential neighborhood off 36th Street.

If you have more questions about our therapists or our Baltimore, MD-based counseling practice, please check out our FAQs page.