Your 1st Appointment
First, know that we understand that first appointments with a therapist, whether new to counseling or not, can cause anyone anxiety. We pride ourselves on understanding the therapeutic relationship from the client perspective. It is our job to create a comfortable and safe environment for each person that seeks our services. During the session we take our lead from you – listening, asking questions and giving information to facilitate your goals.
Your initial appointment at PeoplePsych is the first chance for you and your therapist to get to know one another. You therapist will review privacy protections as well as clarify the structure of the sessions.
It is also a chance for you, as much as you are comfortable, to talk about what brings you to therapy and your past experiences with therapy. It is important for you to let your therapist know about your past therapy or clinical experiences, especially what you did or did not like about your past therapy or counselors.
It is not unusual for new clients to wonder what the sessions will be like or how they will fill an hour talking about themselves. However, most clients are surprised by how fast the time goes by.
For the most part, your first session at PeoplePsych will be similar to your follow up sessions. Once you enter the office with your therapist, a conversation will start. You can either take the lead and talk about what is on your mind – or allow us to ask you some questions to help you feel comfortable. We manage the time during the session as much as possible to ensure that clients do not feel that that the session comes to an abrupt end.
And if you find that fiddling with something helps you get comfortable, each therapy office has some toys for you to play with during the session.
Announcing Your Arrival
As there is no receptionist or other check-in at our offices, please announce your arrival when you arrive so the therapist knows you are waiting. Your therapist will come out to greet you at the designated time. Please click on the specific office page for the process.
New Client Forms
We do have a few forms that we need every client to complete. You can download them in PDF format HERE. Please bring the completed forms to your appointment and give them to your therapist. If you forget them we will simply have you complete them when you arrive.
Also, if you wish to use insurance, please bring your insurance card so that we can make a copy of it for our files. Our billing service will call and verify your benefits after the initial session.