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

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.