Starting Therapy

Most people have apprehensions about "seeing a therapist." At Fayetteville Psychotherapy Associates, we recognize these apprehensions and do everything possible to make your therapy experience a positive one.

Here are some of the things you can expect when you see your therapist for the first time:

Before your first session: What can you do before your first visit?

Dr. Spaine - New patients

If you have requested an appointment with Dr. Spaine, you will be asked to complete your new patient paperwork via our secure online portal prior to scheduling your initial appointment.

Once you have submitted your completed paperwork, Dr. Spaine will conduct a thorough review of the information you have submitted. Because his heavy caseload limits the number of individuals and couples with whom he can work, and because his therapeutic style and theoretical orientation are not a good match for everyone, he will evaluate whether or not your presenting concerns and goals for therapy align with his clinical skills and approach.

If Dr. Spaine determines that he would not be the best therapist for you, you will be contacted by our office staff. At that time, you may request a referral to another provider, if you wish.

If his assessment finds that he would be an appropriate therapist, our office staff will contact you to schedule your initial appointment.

At your first session:
When you arrive at our office you will be greeted by our office staff who will help get you settled in our waiting room and collect any appropriate fees for your visit. When its time for your appointment your therapist will greet you and take you to his private office to begin your first session.

Your first meeting with your therapist:
During your first appointment, your therapist will gather information about you, your history, the issues that have brought you to therapy, and what your goals are for therapy. He will make an initial assessment of your situation and will provide you with a recommendation as to how often subsequent therapy sessions should occur, and together, you will begin formulating a plan for meeting your therapy goals.

During this session, you will also be getting to know your therapist and learning what the experience of therapy is about. It's important that you feel free to ask questions and express yourself during this and all of your appointments. Communicating openly and honestly with your therapist, even if it is to raise something that makes you feel uncomfortable, is one of the most important things you can do to make your therapy successful.

Your first appointment will last approximately 90 minutes. When the session is over, your therapist will show you around the office, explain how to book your next session with our staff, and give you any other additional information you might need before your next appointment.

As therapy proceeds:

Most people find that they are at least a little nervous during their first few sessions. This is very normal, and most individuals find that as they get to know how the therapy process works and begin to become more familiar with the therapist, these early "jitters" will begin to fade away.

Many people tell us that after awhile, they actually begin to look forward to meeting with their therapist.

Subsequent Sessions:
When you arrive for subsequent sessions, you will be greeted by our office staff who will check you in, accept any applicable payments, and arrange your next appointment for you if you wish. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask our office staff for assistance.

Please feel free to use the restroom and help yourself to a bottled water while you wait for your therapist to take you back for your appointment.