Thinking about going to therapy for the first time may provoke anxiety for some. Knowing what to expect at the first therapy appointment can help to ease some of that anxiety. When a new client comes to Eagle Mountain Counseling they are first welcomed warmly by one of our receptionists. At that time, the individual is asked to fill out some brief paperwork regarding insurance (or cash pay) and consent for treatment. The therapist then comes and greets the new individual inviting them back to one of our private therapy offices. We work really hard to help individuals feel that they are in a safe environment to be able to address whatever concerns they may have. Each office offers comfortable seating and a warm atmosphere. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long.
During the first session, the therapist will seek to understand what concern is bringing you into therapy. This first therapy session is often referred to as the “intake session.” In order to best understand the individual some questions about what symptoms or concerns the individual is experiencing are discussed. In addition, gaining background about the clients, strengths, family, and culture help the therapist to be able to tailor the treatment approach to the individual.
Sometimes individuals can come into therapy and do not know where or how to start vocalizing their concerns, and that’s okay! Our therapists have had extensive training in helping others, and work to create an atmosphere that is comfortable to discuss the concerns brought into therapy.
One of the most important goals a therapist has in helping individuals is to create a working alliance between the therapist and client. This means that we are here to help. As therapists, we care about what is going on in your life and work with you to find solutions that are personal.
By Jodi Black, ACMHC