The First Appointment

It isn't always easy to ask for help or tell someone about your concerns. We hope to make your first appointment with us as welcoming and collaborative as possible. We invite you to ask any questions you might have. The intake appointment provides time for you to get acquainted with the counselor and discuss the reasons you are seeking counseling. Information will be gathered regarding your history and confidentiality/client rights will be discussed. You and your counselor will also talk about your expectations of counseling. Sometimes an intake session is all that is required to alleviate your concerns and other times it may take a few sessions to resolve the issue. You and the counselor will talk about the best options for you. This might mean your next appointment will be with a different counselor who specializes in the issue you are working through, or maybe a referral to a provider in the community.