What can I expect at my first appointment?
At your first appointment, you will check in with our receptionist at the front desk and they will obtain a copy of your insurance card and any other information that may be needed. The receptionist will then notify your counselor that you are here. Your counselor will then take you back to his/her office and will tell you briefly about themselves and then ask a few questions in order to get to know you better.
What kind of questions do you ask at the first session?
The purpose of the first session is to orient the client to the therapy process, meet the therapist, and build rapport. Questions often asked include those inquiring about reason for wanting treatment and treatment goals as well as a general overview of your personal history.
What if I don’t “click” with the therapist?
The client-therapist relationship is the most important element in therapy. We encourage you to discuss any concerns or problems with your therapist. If a referral to another therapist is needed, we can help with that transition.
Is family therapy the same thing as marital therapy?
No. In family therapy, there is one client that therapy is focused on specifically. Family members can participate in treatment through family therapy to help support the client, but the focus is on the client specifically. In marital therapy, the relationship between the two partners is the focus, so both partners are clients and both would have to complete separate intake paperwork.
What does family therapy look like?
Sessions are a collaboration between the client, family, and the therapist addressing the presenting issues of the client or family system. Depending on the therapist and the family needs, some sessions will be the client only, some with the parents only, and some with all family members. Your therapist will guide your through this process.
Will you tell my parents everything we talk about?
In order to facilitate treatment and build trust between the client and therapist, what is discussed in session in kept confidential, unless there is a safety concern (suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, sexual/physical abuse of a child, or other additional behavior that may be harmful to the client). Parents are still involved in the treatment and your child’s counselor will notify you of any safety concerns.
With marital therapy, do my partner and I go into the sessions together or separately?
Usually together, but there may be times the clinician requests to meet with you both separately. This will depend on the client’s needs and the therapist’s recommendations.
Are you able to talk with other people about my treatment (like client’s teacher or doctor) if I want you to consult with them?
We do not release any information about you without a signed release that gives the therapist permission to talk to someone of client’s choosing. Once you sign a release of information, we will be happy to talk with whomever you choose in order to coordinate your treatment and therapy goals.
What if I have to stop doing therapy because of personal issues? Am I able to see the therapist again in the future?
Yes. We encourage you to communicate this with your therapist, but you can request to end therapy at any time. When you are ready to come back to therapy, just call the front office and tell them you were a previous client that now wants to restart sessions with your therapist again.
I’m ready to start counseling, what do I do next?
Just call our office and speak with one of our friendly front desk staff and they will help you get the process started. They will ask you a few questions to help determine which therapist would be the best fit for your needs. They will then send you a link to your email to our secure online portal in order for you to fill out demographics information and sign our intake forms. Once you have completed these forms, please follow up with our front office staff once again to get set up with an appointment with a therapist.