A mystery surrounds counseling. Its power so strong that it paralyzes you, keeping you from scheduling an appointment.
I’d like to take a moment and share with you what the first session is like with me. First, I share a bit of my background and my theoretical orientation (which research-based theories I follow).
Next, I explain to clients that the first session feels more like a job interview, where I will ask several questions, and I assure them this will be the most I ever talk. Those questions include employment status (to determine if the job is a source of stress), who lives in the house with them, if they’ve ever been to counseling before and what they liked and didn’t like about the experience. I ask them why they chose to seek counseling at this point in their lives (helps me determine if they will be committed to the process). After that, I say, “So what brings you here today?” And we’re off.
The first session is normally 60 minutes for individuals and 90 minutes for couples, families, and groups. I end the session asking how they want to see their lives improve. Imagine, if you will, that we are six weeks into the future, how will you know our time together was worth it? This helps clients determine their goals. Finally, we set the next appointment. And the healing begins. I see most clients weekly.
I’d love to answer any questions you may have.