What to Expect
My hope is that the information on this page will prepare you to make the best decisions for yourself and ease into the therapy process as comfortably as possible. If you have never been in therapy before, the process can be a little anxiety-provoking or even a bit scary. If you have been in therapy before, you may carry with you those previous experiences, both positive and negative, and starting with someone new can also be a challenge.
An initial appointment with me is usually preceded by a brief initial phone conversation to see what you are hoping for at this time and if I can best meet your needs. If I think there may be someone better suited to help you, I may refer you to another qualified and respected professional. If both of us sense that we may be suited to working together, we can then set up an initial in-person session.
When your appointment time arrives, I will greet you in the waiting room and we will return to my office to discuss your treatment needs and goals and answer questions that either of us may have to assess if this is the right fit. We will also address practical concerns such as my policies concerning payment, confidentiality, cancellations, and phone calls between appointments, to name a few. The session lasts 50 minutes, though longer pro-rated initial sessions are recommended for couples.
An important thing for prospective clients is to know that a small dog, Theo the pug, is at the therapy office with Dr. Chang most of the time. He may greet you when you arrive, but during your session he will rest on his bed or on the carpet. You are welcome to interact with Theo as much or as little as you like. Petting an animal has been shown to lower blood pressure, help your body release a relaxation hormone, and cut down on levels of a stress hormone. Please let Dr. Chang know ahead of time if you have any concerns, allergies, or dog phobias.
Please feel free to call me at (510) 545-2321 with any questions or if you would like to set up an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.