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Interview With a Therapist (Ashlee Stewart)

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

Each week in October, we are sitting down with one of our amazing Mindsight therapists for an interview into their world! 

This week our Marketing Coordinator, Emily Hammons, sat down with our Clinical Director, Ashlee Stewart, to talk about first-time appointments at Mindsight and how COVID has affected the healthcare field! 

So Ashlee, I know that a lot has changed with healthcare, since all of this COVID stuff has been happening. Can you tell us a little bit about what that looks like at Mindsight right now? 

Sure, yeah, the current challenges brought on by COVID-19, for people all over the world are just unparalleled to anything we've seen before. There's a lot of fear, anxiety, depression, and it's widespread uncertainty for all of us. So here at Mindsight, as an organization, we decided to transition from in-person sessions to exclusively telehealth practice, at least for now.

 Can you tell me a little bit about what telehealth is exactly? 

Sure, yeah. So therapists meet with their clients remotely through a live video connection through the internet. So we provide the same treatment that clients would receive in person, it's just done through a computer or phone. If you've ever used Skype or FaceTime, or any type of video chat platform, then it's the same type of technology we use for teletherapy.

So just basically what we're doing right now.


So if I were to come in and make a brand new appointment with you right now, what would that look like? 

The same thing that normally happens in person would happen online. So if you're not familiar with therapy at all, the first session, it can be a little nerve-wracking because you're meeting someone new. But we try to make it as comfortable as we can. There's a lot of preliminary questions, you know, what brings you to therapy? What kind of things are you hoping to work on? Some paperwork, of course, and the general stuff there. But the short answer to should you seek therapy right now is absolutely yes. I think this is an amazing time, even if you've never had therapy before, just start it because people need it now and we are now more accessible than ever. 

I really love the idea of being home and I don't have to worry about anybody like seeing me in the office and knowing that I'm getting treatment if I feel a little awkward or anxious about that. It's really nice.

The anxiety about going to any healthcare waiting room, whether COVID is going on or not, you can completely eliminate with telehealth you don't have to rush through traffic, you don't have to leave work early, sit in a waiting room, wait for your name to be called. In fact, you can sit in your cozy clothes, cozy blanket, coffee mug, right on your couch from the comfort of your own home. 

I love that! I'm always in a blanket if I can be. But tell me this, like I, I feel like a very awkward person just all the time. If I get nervous or awkward during my therapy appointment, what should I do?

Yeah, so I promise you that we are used to it and talk to your therapist about that. I encourage you to say, Hey, this is really awkward for me because I've never done it before. Or maybe it's been a long time since I've done something like this. Scientific evidence will prove that we need to have a relationship for our therapy sessions to work. Research has shown over and over again, that a clinician can be absolutely brilliant, have the greatest most up to date education and techniques. But if the report is not there with the client, it will not be as successful. So we like to predict how well we're going to work with somebody starting at that very first session. Ask them questions and just trust that they understand it's not an easy process to get started. 

So one last question for you. How do I know if I need to schedule an appointment? What if I'm just blowing something out of proportion? Where is that line? 

The sooner that you seek treatment, the faster you'll feel better. As simple and obvious as that sounds. Most of the time people wait until problems are overwhelming them before they seek help. And in my experience, most of the time, people don't come in knowing exactly what's going on. They just know something's off. They feel very stressed. They're not sleeping well. People in their life have pointed out, there's something wrong, maybe you should talk to somebody. And if you feel like too much is going on in your life, come and talk to us. You don't have to have a significant Put your finger around the problem, a reason to seek therapy. Another way to really tell it's time to talk to a therapist is if you've tried half a dozen things that you read online help you or help others and it's just not really working anymore. So let's say you start exercising, maybe you taken walks and spent time outside and bought a self-help book on Amazon and you've done all the things that you're supposed to do to feel better, but it's not really working, or at least it's not working in a way that you feel comfortable with long term. Come and talk to us, and we'll help you from there. 

Ashlee Stewart, LPCC-S, NCC

Mindsight's Clinical Director

View Ashlee’s professional bio here!

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