Your First Session

Notes from Paula on good therapy

"Good therapy works to integrate the emotional, rational, spiritual and physical parts of the self and it is this integration that is the healing agent which empowers people to love themselves and others and to find meaning in their lives."

Welcome to Peach Therapy. We look forward to serving you and helping to make the transition to therapy as smooth as possible. We understand that the decision to reach out for help is one that requires a good deal of courage. We provide a comfortable and safe environment for you to begin to explore your problems and concerns and to quickly provide feedback regarding the most appropriate treatment approach for you.

You should expect to feel comfortable and understood in therapy. Upon discussing and diagnosing the problem, we will design specific goals for your treatment together. You will receive feedback concerning how we view the issue and what treatment options are available to you. We will regularly assess our progress and restructure our goals when needed. Mutual accountability and honest interchange between therapist and patient is encouraged and can increase the effectiveness of treatment exponentially.

In our first session together, we will discuss your psycho-social history and the issues and concerns for which you are seeking help. By the end of the first session, you can expect feedback confirming that we understand you and your problem and also have an effective treatment approach to help you. Therapy is a partnership and it is important for both parties to establish their responsibility in working together to accomplish the common goal of getting you to the place you want to be. Reviewing goals and evaluating progress remains important throughout the course of therapy.

Couples in distress coming to therapy for the first visit can be anxious, angry and overwhelmed. During the first session, each party has the opportunity to express their view of the problem(s) and discuss the ways in which they have previously tried to deal with it. After each person has told their story, a picture begins to take shape regarding how the couple’s trouble is keeping them from connecting to each other in effective, meaningful and mutually satisfying ways. Individual sessions may be scheduled to review personal histories and to determine if and when a person’s past is interfering with their capacity to trust their partner and move toward intimacy. It may take 2 or 3 sessions before a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan can be formulated.

Individuals with childhood trauma can suffer continuous distressing symptoms and be discouraged from years of unsuccessful strategies and attempts to feel better. Your first EMDR session is designed to evaluate the extent to which the trauma is interfering with your life and to design a plan for timely and effective relief from the anxiety, stress, sadness and other post-traumatic symptoms that haunt and disrupt your healthy functioning.

Please download and complete the packet below and bring with you on your first appointment.

New Patient Packet : Paula Peach Ehrmann
(will include one .pdf with all 6 documents)

New Patient Packet : Cathy Chamberlain
(will include one .pdf with 2 documents)

New Patient Packet : Tara Johnson Falcone
(will include one .pdf with all 6 documents)

New Patient Packet : Kristie Evans
(will include one .pdf with all 6 documents)

We have tried to make our website and forms clear and complete. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

"The key to change…is to let go of fear."

Roseanne Cash

“With help, I’m learning to enjoy life again no matter what it throws at me.”


"Paula made me very comfortable and at ease in my individual sessions. She has also seen my children and during a very difficult time has made a remarkable difference in our lives."


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