What to Expect When You Come to Counseling...
Your First Session
You've probably known for some time that there is a problem in your life because it just
The day you downloaded the forms or made an appointment signaled your understanding that you need help! Congratulations! If you are wondering about your first counseling session then read on.
The first counseling sessions consist of completing required intake documents, which consist of an intake form, HIPAA agreement, limits of confidentiality and consent form. Adult sessions generally last 50 minutes and children's appointments are generally about 30 minutes, and parents may be included or asked to wait until the end of the interview with the child.
Sometimes it may take a few sessions for your counselor to fully understand your situation and concerns, and to determine the best approach of course of action. We will keep you informed about what we are doing and why.
The first session is also an opportunity for you to interview the counselor to see if her approach and personality are going to work for you. At any time during the counseling session, especially in the beginning, don't hesitate to ask questions. Having a "good fit" with your counselor is critical for counseling to be effective.
Individual and couples therapy appointments are 50 minutes and are typically scheduled once per week at a time you and the counselor agree upon. An appointment time may be reserved as a standing time each week if you so desire, if not, we will make every effort to work with you in scheduling your weekly appointment. To schedule, please call or text 972.896.5569; or e-mail
Canceling an Appointment
If you cannot make a scheduled appointment, please call the Counseling Office to cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Doing so will open up a time for someone else to be scheduled in that time slot. If you miss an appointment and do not call to reschedule, your standing appointment time will not be held over for you. A consistent pattern of canceling appointments may affect your ability to receive counseling services.