What to Expect in Your First Session

Rebecca Plantinga

One question I hear a lot is, “I’ve never done this, what should I expect at my first session?” Well, I can only give you an idea of 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 your therapist may go over 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.

Therapy Is a Process

At your first session, sit wherever you feel comfortableDon’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, is a process, so expect that in your first appointment you will lay groundwork, not reach the whole solution.

Depending on which therapist you see, your first session is going to last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. At the conclusion of the session, you will likely 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 maybe in two weeks. For some people it can be good to come weekly in the beginning, in order to get some momentum going. For others, their situations might necessitate some down time between meetings. You and your therapist will work this out together, and we will support you throughout the process.

How Do I Get Started?

Your next step starts here!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 our office voicemail, please leave a message with your name and contact information (phone number or email address), and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

If it’s more convenient or feels more comfortable, you can also email us at contact@fountainhillcenter.com. We will try to answer any of your questions via email prior to scheduling the first session.