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.
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 really get to know one another.
The first interaction will include an overview of the confidentiality and privacy protections and limitations. Additionally your therapist will clarify the structure of the sessions.
The first therapy appointment is also a chance for you, as much as you are comfortable, to talk about what brings you to therapy and any 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.
For the most part, your ongoing sessions will be similar to your first session at PeoplePsych. Once you enter the session with your therapist, a conversation will start. You can either take the lead and talk about what is on your mind – or have us ask you some questions to help you connect with the issues that you want to address.
Your therapist will try to manage the time during the session as much as possible to ensure that you do not feel the session ends abruptly.
And if you find that fiddling with something is helpful, you might want to make sure that you have a object nearby!