New to Counseling?
Have you been considering seeing a counselor? What is holding you back? Is it, the stigma associated with mental health, the stigma of asking for help, not sure about insurance or private pay, dedication of time?
For whatever reason you are seeking help, I want to guide you through and explain how the process works, this way you will be more at ease and get better results.
In our first session, think of it as a get to know each other. Set aside 45-60 minutes for an initial intake. I will ask questions and guide you through so there is no need to worry about what to say. Remember, you're safe to talk.
Some get to know you questions are often:
Why therapy? A particular issue(s) probably led you to seek counseling. It's important that I understand your problem(s) before we can get to the deeper issues.
I'm intrigued by your history and current situation. I will ask you a series of questions about your life. For example, because family situations play an important role in who you are, I'd ask about your family history and your current family situation. It's important that I best understand your whole picture, so we will talk about various pieces of your life.
Let's go into current symptoms you might be experiencing. Other than knowing the reason you sought therapy, I will attempt to find out if you’re suffering from other symptoms of your problem. For example, your problem might be causing you difficulty at work. There various parts of our lives that contribute to our current state of suffering. I then use this information to better understand your problem.
Be an active participant.
Therapy is a team effort. If you don’t take an active part in the session, you won’t find the counseling experience valuable. Here are some things you can do to make your first session as successful as possible.
Be open, it's okay! I'm not here to judge, I'm here to help! I am trained to ask the right questions, but unfortunately, I'm not a mind reader.
Be sure to go to your first session with realistic expectations. Therapy is not a quick fix for your problem, rather it is a process. With some effort on your part and a strong relationship with your therapist, it can be a successful tool toward resolving problems.