I encourage you to contact me if you would like to talk about counseling and/or psychotherapy. You may reach me either by phone at 978-499-9080 or by clicking here through a secure (encrypted) email message. I generally respond to messages within 24-72 hours depending on when you leave a message. I am in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and do not typically check my voicemail or email on days when I'm not in the office. Please be aware that confidentiality is not guaranteed with online communication.
I am available to meet with you in downtown Newburyport, where my office hours currently are mid-day through the early evening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. At this time I do not have any openings, and I don't maintain a wait list. If you are looking help with a referral, I encourage you to look through the various online search forums, such as www.PsychologyToday.com, www.GoodTherapy.org, and https://privatepracticecolloquium.wildapricot.org.
Scheduling the First Session
During the initial phone consultation (usually about 5-15 minutes) we can briefly discuss your current concerns, goals, and hopes, as well as my style and approach to counseling/therapy. I am also glad to discuss logistical and other details, such as my office location and directions, scheduling, and payment questions.
If our phone conversation indicates that I feel I can be helpful to you, and you also feel comfortable meeting with me, we will schedule a first session which will be in-person, in my office. This session will provide us both with more information about whether we want to schedule future sessions. If, after this meeting, you or I feel we cannot work together, I will help you to connect with another therapist who works well with your issues.
In the process of meeting in-person over 2-3 sessions you and I will both get a better sense of the fit between your needs and what I offer. I look forward to the opportunity to talk with you further about any of these topics.
After we have set up our initial session, please proceed to my Forms page.
Thanks to Dr. Keely Kolmes for consultation regarding website presentation and language.
Katharine C. Townsend, Ph.D.
8 Harris St., Newburyport, MA 01950 • 978-499-9080