What to Expect
It is completely normal to be uncertain about what to expect during the first counseling session. Your session will last 45-60 minutes, depending on your insurance coverage. Here is an outline of what you can anticipate during the first session. I will:
- Introduce myself and provide some background about my professional experiences
- Discuss the confidential nature of the client/therapist relationship and provide a written confidentiality statement
- Ask you to discuss what motivated you to seek counseling
- Ask questions to clarify and/or explore further the problem you describe
- At the end of the session, I will identify areas that I believe could be addressed in future counseling sessions
New Client Intake Form
When you come in for your first visit, you may want to fill out your paperwork before you arrive in order to expedite the check-in process. Click on the link below to download a pdf of the necessary forms.
Notice of Confidentiality
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. I am required by law to report this abuse to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm him/herself, I will make every effort to engage the client to ensure their safety. If the client does not cooperate, I will take further measures that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety. This will be done without the client's permission.