Whether you’re brand new to therapy or returning for the first time since the pandemic changed the landscape of our lives, you may have questions.
About therapy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and online. Dr. Melissa Valentina is here to help!
The first time we meet will involve a lot of the same steps no matter which format we come together in.
After our introductions, we will go over some basic information- a bit of past, present and future about what you’ve experienced and to get a glimpse into the hopes you have for our time together. You will spend this time focused on questions: both answering and asking them. I welcome the opportunity to help you feel more comfortable in offering what I can to answer any questions you may have.
From there, we will establish your immediate goals so we can make sure the emphasis is on the things that matter most to you right now.
Our initial consultation will not be deep or heavy, unless that’s what you need. We will move at your pace and at the end of our time together, we will determine how often we will meet and schedule a time for the next one.
Most of my clients need weekly support for a certain period of time. However, I will evaluate that based on what we learned during our session. I like to customize all of my client relationships to meet your needs as precisely as I can.
There is no urgency in deciding how long or how often your therapy appointments will occur.
We can adjust our goals and timetables as required.
Don’t feel that you are obligated to get better and on in 3, 6 or 9 months. Although when therapy hits these milestones, it is a sign that we may need to reevaluate what’s working and what’s not.
Our therapy plan will be structured to meet your needs and tailored to the way you grow and change in our work together. While there are no concrete timetables to your healing, there is a concrete need for your commitment to your therapy.
It can be difficult and painful to dig deep but the more you lean into your vulnerability, the better your rates of success.
I bring a lot of expertise to the table but the key to your healing will be the effort and honesty you are willing to commit to yourself. You will get the most out of therapy when you are ready to be honest with yourself about what you need and where you’re hurting.
Identifying the key elements in your discomfort or struggle doesn’t have to be an out-loud process. I understand it may be difficult if it’s unfamiliar. We can work together to find the best ways for you to communicate these things so that you can find the healing you’re looking for.
Whether you’re nervous about meeting online, or you just have a hard time imagining yourself feeling comfortable in a virtual setting, let me put those fears to rest.
Online options will be video or voice-only teleconference calls where we spend a dedicated amount of time, just like you would do in an office, to move through your healing.
For those who have more limited availability due to your location, responsibilities or schedule, virtual appointments make therapy possible. Additionally, online therapy can be ideal for those who feel anxious in social situations or simply prefer the empowerment of being able to get a bit of space from your vulnerability to lean into it.