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What To Expect
Before starting Therapy:
It is important for you to understand that therapy is a way for you to gain
understanding and insight through self-discovery. Do not be surprised if your
goals continue to change throughout the therapy process. This is due to your
The therapist is a person who helps you see into all your life experiences and
then gives you the tools to make the change within yourselves. The therapist is
there to assist in your discovery and cheer you on when you are heading in the
Therapy can be a positive experience yet at times may feel like a struggle.
While therapy is a way to provoke change, change may feel like work until you
adapt and feel the rewards.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged
to change ourselves”
~Viktor E. Frankl
What to Expect:
During the initial session the therapist tries to obtain important information on
what the problem is and how it all started. This is also a time where the
therapist will need demographic and payment information.
Make the most of your session by:
- Thinking about the reasons that you have decided to seek counseling.
- Thinking about some goals for counseling. In other words, what would
- you like to change?
and addresses of doctors, emergency contact information, etc.
- Making sure you bring with you information such as medications, names
Planning for a 60 minute session. Please make sure you have childcare, as it is
not in your best interest to bring children to a session unless they are
participants in the counseling.
When we meet for our first appointment we will discuss your specific situation,
the therapy journey, your expectations/goals for the process, and any
questions that might facilitate counseling for you. I will also provide you with
paperwork to fill out and for you to review, this may include:
- General Information for you to fill out: contact information, etc.
- Policies & Procedures that protect your confidentiality.
sign and read.
- HIPAA: Federal government regulations about confidentiality for you to
- Any forms that are required.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and
psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly
sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the
therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their
confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in
session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.
Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give
an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Attorney), but
by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your
However, State Law and Professional Ethics require therapists to maintain
confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to
the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on
information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of
harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.