What can I expect during my first session?

The first session is called an intake session. In your first session, your therapist will review your paperwork with you and inform you about your client rights and responsibilities. Your therapist will ask you several questions during your first session because they want to make sure they understand your background, goals, concerns, and day-to-day functioning. Your therapist may also give you questionnaires to complete to get a better idea about your mood, thoughts, behavior, and life experiences. The first 1-2 sessions are more question heavy because your therapist really wants to get a sense of who you are and how your concerns are impacting you. Your therapist will also want to collaborate with you to identify your treatment goals.