Most people are scared to begin therapy. We all have complex feelings around seeking help, and complicated emotions about making changes. Therapy is also a unique kind of relationship where you are asked to give personal and private information, and discover new aspects of yourself-all with someone whom you don't know very well. If you are scared or worried about meeting me, use our initial phone call to get a sense of who I am as I respond to your questions. Remember that you are the one in charge of your therapy, including what you decide you are ready to share and the pace at which you feel comfortable working. Although no one can make you feel totally safe as you enter therapy, you have a right to feel reasonably confident that I will treat you with respect, be open to listening to you, want the best for you, and have those rather undefined, human, qualities you are looking for. If you decide you want to work with me and continue to feel scared of me and therapy, I want to know that to help you find additional ways to feel more comfortable.