What do we do in the first session?
Though each therapist has a different style our associates will each provide a similar first session. The first session will review some of the initial intake and therapy agreement. This benefits you so that we can begin the treatment process both understanding what is expected and what the terms of treatment will be. Next, your therapist will allow you to discuss some of the things that bring you to treatment so that he or she can have a basic understanding of your decision making process for what brings you to therapy. This is the "aha" time period for the therapist to learn about you and your life, concerns and reason for treatment. This is sometimes referred to as the "Discovery Phase" of therapy and may actually come into play for the next several sessions. The therapist may make some observations and suggestions or highlight some of the notable points to your treatment process but for the most part your first session will be you and your therapist introducing yourselves to each other and beginning to form the initial outline of a trusting, professional relationship that you can count on to assist in the change and treatment process.