What to Expect in Your First Session

Rebecca Plantinga

A question I hear a lot is, “I’ve never done this, what should I expect at my first appointment?” Well, I can only give you an idea what to expect as each person’s circumstance is different and your therapist may have their own process. Usually what you can expect is that the therapist may go over the some general ‘housekeeping’ items. This information may be in the therapy agreement you sign and be something they are drawing attention to as it’s important to note.

Most of our staff will then discuss what’s brought you to our office. They will want to know some of your history as this can lay a good foundation for the work to be done. You will then begin the process of addressing some of the issues that you want to overcome.

DSC_0412 (2)Don’t get stressed about this – you won’t need to remember every detail or approach every hurdle. This session is really about getting comfortable with the therapeutic environment. Just come ready to be honest – about your struggles, your comfort level and your goals. Therapy, like healing and flourishing, is a process, so expect that in your first appointment you will lay groundwork not reach the whole solution.

Depending on which therapist you choose, your first session is going to last 45 or 60 minutes. At the conclusion of the session you will take a few minutes to schedule your next appointment. Depending on your situation, you may decide to meet with your therapist the next week or your next appointment may be in two weeks. For some people it can be good to come weekly in the beginning, inorder to get some momentum going. For others, situations necessitate some down time between meetings. You and your therapist will work this out together, and we will support you throughout the process.

porch-31So, if you haven’t already scheduled your intake session and you’re interested in doing so, you can call the office directly at 616-456-1178. You can speak with any of the support staff who answer the phone as we do our best to answer all calls that come in. Should you get the voicemail, please leave a message and I’ll get back with you as soon as I can. If it’s more convenient or more comfortable, you can also e-mail me at contact@fountainhillcenter.com. I will try to answer any of your questions via e-mail prior to scheduling the first session.

That intake session is a great next step.