Some people may worry about what treatment is or looks like. Please know that our system of service providers make every effort to make treatment as smooth and easy as possible.
Different counselors may do it a little differently, but all have some things to take care of in your first visit . You’ll be informed about your rights of confidentiality, and about times that your therapist might need to break confidentiality life-threatening emergency, imminent suicidal risk, some court-related things like a Judge’s order). Your counselor will explain his or her policies about attendance, cancellation, etc. At some point, they’ll do a risk assessment, in case one of the reasons you’re in therapy is due to suicidal thoughts or intentions The counselor will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps in making the initial assessment of your situation.. Topics may include, What led to scheduling the appointment, your current symptoms, Your personal history and current situation, your family history and your current family situation. The counselor will attempt to find out if you’re suffering from other symptoms of your problem and life areas that may be impacted by your problem or symptoms such as difficulty at school or work.
Before you get to the session, know how to describe “what’s wrong,” and to describe your feelings about your problem. It may be helpful to prepare by writing down the reasons you’re seeking or are referred for help. Please remember, treatment 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 effective as possible. Be open, While counselors are trained to ask the right questions, the counselor can be more effective if you answer the questions openly and honestly. Be sure to go to your first session with realistic expectations. Counseling is not a quick fix for your problem, rather it is a process. With some effort on your part and a positive professional relationship with your counselor , it can be a successful tool toward resolving problems.