In your first session, we will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps make an initial assessment of your situation. Questions may include:

Why you sought therapy.
A particular issue probably led you to seek counseling. We need to understand your surface problem(s) before we can get to the deeper issues.

Your personal history and current situation.
We will ask you a series of questions about your life. For example, because family situations play an important role in who you are, we’ll ask about your family history and your current family situation.

Your current symptoms.
Other than knowing the reason you sought therapy, we will attempt to find out if you’re suffering from other symptoms of your problem. For example, your problem might be causing difficulty at work.

We will use this information to better understand your problem. And, while we may make a diagnosis at the end of your first visit, it’s more likely that a diagnosis will take a few more sessions.

Be sure to go to your first session with realistic expectations. Therapy is not a quick fix for your problem, rather it is a process. With some effort on your part and a strong relationship with your therapist, it can be a successful tool toward resolving problems.

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