Have you been to counseling before? Maybe you’ve never been and have no idea what to expect. Look over these frequently asked questions to learn more about the counseling process, and feel free to contact me if you have a question that hasn’t been answered.
Is what I say confidential?
Yes! This is one of the most important rules of my job: what you say here, stays here. When you come into my office, the things we talk about are kept confidential. No one – not your spouse, your boss, your children, or anyone else – can know what we talk about unless you decide to tell them. There are rare situations in which confidentiality is legally required to be broken should I have concerns about your safety or the safety of others, but we’ll talk about these in detail when you come for your first appointment.
What can I expect at the first session?
During the first session, we’ll review my office policies (confidentiality, cancellations/no-shows, supervision for licensure, etc.) and answer any questions you may have. After that, we’ll simply have a conversation about what brought you to the office.
What about the second and third sessions?
Often, in the second and third sessions, we’ll talk about your family history, narrow down your goals for counseling, and talk about specific changes you’d like to see in your life. We’ll create a plan together, and you’ll be in the driver’s seat. The plan can be changed at any time, because YOU are ultimately in charge of the counseling process.
How long does a session usually take?
Most sessions are 50 minutes, and clients usually make their first few appointments weekly or every other week.
How will I know when it’s time to leave counseling?
Ideally, you’ll know it’s time to leave counseling when you’ve reached all the goals that we decided on in the first few sessions together. If you feel like progress is slow, you can bring this up in session, and we’ll decide if your goals – and how we want to reach them – should be tweaked. Most clients have between 8 and 16 sessions, but sessions can also be set up with a more solution-focused, short-term plan in mind. Ultimately, I want to help YOU decide when you’re done with counseling. It’s not up to me.