FAQs

What should I talk about in the first visit?

Therapists are trained to help clients sort through their experiences, hopes, and values to figure out what to work on in therapy.  In the first visit, the therapist will ask questions to start formulating a plan of care. Don’t worry too much if you are uncertain about your goals at first.  It will become clear as you dig in.


How long is a therapy visit?

Therapy visits last 45 minutes. Unfortunately, we do not offer shorter visits.


How many therapy visits will I need?

A therapeutic dose of brief psychotherapy is 10-15 visits in a 6 month time period.  Most clients begin with weekly sessions and then taper down as they make progress. Periodic check ins after completing therapy helps you maintain the skills you learned.


What kind of work should I do between therapy visits?

Taking time to reflect, practicing meditation or yoga, homework exercises, bullet journals, workbooks, and experimenting with new coping practices can help you reach your therapy goals.


What is your cancellation policy?

Amwell Medical Group requires 24 hours notice to change or cancel appointments.  This policy helps you commit to the process and helps ensure access for all of our patients.


What’s the best way to commit to therapy?

Demand for therapy is currently very high.  I recommend booking appointments in advance and keeping all of your scheduled appointments unless an emergency arises.


How do I schedule an appointment with you?

First, verify your health plan’s telemedicine benefit. I work with Amwell-powered telemedicine platforms only. You can refer to our list of Amwell-contracted health plans or call your health plan directly. Make sure you verify any deductibles or co-pays you owe since I am unable to negotiate fees. Create an account with your plan’s Amwell-powered telemedicine platform. You can search for my provider calendar and choose an open appointment.

If you already have an account with an Amwell-powered telemedicine platform, have found my calendar, and are unable to schedule an appointment, please email me at info AT patriciawakefield DOT com and I will try to fit you in. Please be patient. Demand for therapy exceeds supply at the present time.


I have reached my therapy goals. How do I end therapy?

Talking with your therapist about ending your treatment is an important part of your care.  Reviewing your work may feel awkward, but it is important to be able to assess your accomplishments and feel good about yourself.  Saying goodbye is one of life’s great challenges, and having a termination visit is a good way to talk about growth and loss.