Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill up a form requesting contact information, family background, etc. You will also be given forms explaining our confidentiality policies, privacy policies and fee structure. Your therapist will then go over the forms with you, and clarify any queries that you may have. We recommend that you come 10 minutes early for the first appointment to complete the paperwork.
Upon completing the administrative matters, your therapist will spend some time getting to know you and the issues that brought you to therapy. It will a free-flowing conversation, and you are likely to find yourself discussing about your presenting concerns and coping strategies, family history, and your goals for therapy. Towards the end of the session, your therapist may summarize the discussion and engage you in some reflection. The therapist will then discuss whether you should come in again, and if so, provide some insights into how therapy may proceed in the upcoming sessions.
We also understand that coming in for your first therapy serve may be nerve-wrecking for some clients. It is not only normal, it’s expected. Indeed, the relationship in therapy is unique from other relationships. You will almost have to share about your past and the difficult situation that brought you for therapy, and hope that your therapist will understand you and be able to help you. Here’s the good news: You can speak anything on your mind in therapy. If you are really feeling uncomfortable, talk to your therapists about it. You may also enquire on your therapist’s experience and training in working with other individuals with similar issues you are bringing in therapy. Raising your concerns and gaining an understanding of what to expect in therapy will help reduce your anxiety and be a positive way to building a strong therapeutic relationship.