Congratulations on Scheduling Your Session!
You've made a great choice by setting up this special time for yourself. Before we meet, I invite you to reflect on your intentions and longings. What are you looking for? How would you like to feel? What would you like to bring into your life? What would you like to let go of?
Please take some time to review the information on this web site and my intake form, which you can download from this page. Note any questions you want to ask, and things you'd like me to know about you and your intentions. You can also email me ahead of time if you have questions. email@example.com.
What to Expect:
Each session starts with time for checking in, talking about specific desires and intentions for the session, and to transition from hectic outside time to the sacred, safe container of the session. We'll talk about safety and consent,which are foundations for the work.
We will use body-based modalities (e.g. breathing, movement, mindfulness exercises, imagination, sound, touch) to support you in being fully present in your body, to provide loving, compassionate support of your intentions, and to expand your capacity for pleasure, a powerful and gentle healing resource. Touch will be involved in ways that align with your intentions, moving at the pace of the body. We'll listen to your body's messages about if and what kinds of touch would be helpful. For online sessions, we'll use guided self touch. After the body-based teaching portion of the session, there is time for savoring and integration.
You can get a sense of the session room, where the touch-based portion of your session will take place, by viewing this video here.
I’ll check in with you a day or so after each session, by text or phone (your preference), to see how you are doing. I recommend that you take notes about your experience. Write about what happened, what you felt and experienced, and any distracting thoughts or impulses that took away your focus. This will support your integration process and provide important guidance for future session.
A Bit of Admin:
If this is your first in-person session with me, I request a $100 deposit to confirm your session time. As soon as I receive that, I'll send an email to confirm, which will include the address where we'll meet (for a face-to-face session). For online sessions, I ask for full payment before the session begins. You can make the deposit/payment in whatever way works best for you:
Venmo (@Melody-Joyce-2, with last 4 digits of the phone number 0251; please in the comment put "session" or "deposit"),
Amazon gift card sent to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Visa gift card, which you can buy online or in any pharmacy. https://www.vanillagift.com/ If you buy it in a store, just send me a picture of the front and back.
I have a no-shoes apartment, so please plan for that. I share my home with two cats, and will vacuum thoroughly before you arrive, and have an air purifier with a special pet allergy filter in the session room. Please let me know if you have a cat allergy, and I’ll take extra care with the session room.
I have scent and smoke sensitivities, so please do not wear cologne or scented deodorant/antiperspirant (unscented deodorant/antiperspirant is fine). If you are a smoker, please wear freshly laundered clothes. I so appreciate your understanding!
I'd appreciate it if you would shower beforehand, or if it's easier for you, you are welcome to shower here, before and/or after your session.
Safety during Covid: Safety is a prerequisite for pleasure! I have been vaccinated with the J&J Covid vaccine and received the booster. I'm currently seeing clients in-person who have also been vaccinated, and until the wave passes, wearing masks during sessions when we are close together. If you are vaccinated, please send me a photo of your vaccination card. If you haven't been vaccinated, I'm happy to support you with a virtual session. Thanks for understanding, and helping us both stay safe.
Cancellation Policy: I know that sometimes unexpected things happen, and you end up having to cancel. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please give at least two days notice. I will apply your deposit to your next appointment.
If you cancel on the day of your appointment, or cancel twice, then I'll ask for payment in advance in order to book a future session with me. Pre-paid appointments are non-refundable with same-day cancellation, but can be applied to a future appointment.
Extreme emergencies are exceptions.
By booking an appointment, you agree to my cancellation policy.
I am honored to get to work with you, and will do my best to create a safe, welcoming, warm environment and support you and your intentions. I look forward to meeting you soon and supporting you!