What Can I Expect?
The idea of seeing a therapist for the first time can be a little overwhelming. Uncertainty about the whole experience may only add a level of anxiety to whatever issues may be leading you to counseling in the first place.
Once You Arrive
Much like a visit to your doctor or dentist, you will spend a little time on your first visit completing some paperwork. Most of the forms you will need are located on this site on the "Forms Page". If you wish, you may complete these before your first appointment. Otherwise, simply plan to arrive about 10 minutes early in order to complete your paperwork.
Meeting The Counselor
Your first visit with any new counselor is an important one. It is your opportunity to assess how well you and the counselor will work together. Finding the right relationship for you is critical to the success of your therapy.
During this first session, we will talk about the reasons you decided to come to counseling. It's likely that the counselor will ask you some questions to get to know you better. These may include questions about you or your family's history, current significant events in your life, or anything else that may help them understand your perspective. Together, you and the counselor will also define some goals for therapy.
At the end of the first visit, the counselor will check with you to see if the experience was a helpful one and will ask if you would like to return. It is perfectly fine to say "no" if you feel you and the counselor are not likely to work well together. If the experience was a positive one for you, then you and your counselor will schedule a next appointment typically in a week's time.
Schedule Your Appointment
Now that you have a better understanding of what to expect in your first visit, feel free to contact us and schedule your own appointment. You can do that on the "Contact Us" page of this website, or call Vicki at (214) 532-6527, Erica at (469) 867-7132, or any of the interns at the numbers listed on the "About Us" page. If we are unavailable to answer (we don't take calls during sessions), please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. All voice mail messages are checked frequently throughout the day.
Call Us: (214) 532-6527