When you arrive for your initial appointment, you will promptly be greeted by your therapist. Before getting started, you will be asked to complete some brief paperwork outlining contact information, confidentiality, and other policies for True Hope Counseling.
After completing the paperwork, your therapist will provide a brief introduction of how counseling will work with her to further ensure you understand what this will look like each step along the way. Again, we want you to know that you are only here to serve you and aid you with becoming happier and healthier.
You are driving this bus, we are here to help you get where you need to go.
During this first session, it will look different than other sessions. Your therapist will ask lots of questions, ranging from queries about your past to your current reason for sitting on her couch today. Don’t be alarmed- this is completely normal.
The more pieces of the puzzle we can get during this initial session, the better and more complete our plan will be to get you where you want to be.
At the end of the first session, you and your therapist will decide on the frequency and type of visits that will work best for your particular situation. Often, therapy occurs more frequently (like weekly) in the beginning and then becomes more spaced out as you or your child gets better.
IMPORTANT: If you are bringing a young child for the first appointment, please bring an adult to remain with him or her in the waiting room. Your therapist will need information that you may not want your child to hear. Don’t worry, your child will be introduced to his or her therapist towards the end of the session and a review of what to expect will be provided for your child on a level appropriate for him or her.
You will also be provided a book, pamphlet and other videos to watch about play therapy (if you have not already done so on this website), detailing how play therapy works and more of what you can expect from your therapist.