Family Counseling Wheaton MD Families Recommend
Perhaps you have contacted a therapist in Wheaton MD and have scheduled your first appointment. This might have been a very big step for you and you should feel proud. As the date approaches, you might wonder about what it will be like to sit down with a therapist and talk through various issues you have been dealing with.
Your First Family Counseling Session at Lindsey Hoskins & Associates, LLC
Having many years of experience, our family counseling therapists understand that it often helps to explain what may happen during their first therapy session, also known as an intake session. In doing so, you may feel more relaxed about your patient-therapist relationship.
Even if your mind is trying to fill in the blanks about what is to come, there is no reason to do so. Consider the following general outline of some of the elements that may happen during your first family counseling session.
- Meet and Greet – Normally you and your therapist will begin the first session with some general small talk. This helps you to feel more comfortable and allows us to get to know one another.
- Review Intake Paperwork – You may have completed intake paperwork that covered questions about your demographics, history, and what has brought you here. The therapist will have reviewed this and be able to use the session time to fill in some of the details by asking you follow up questions about what you have described.
- Further Discussion – We might also talk about things that may or may not apply specifically to you. This could include significant relationships, work history, satisfaction with work, substance use, physical health, and so forth. This helps the therapist get a comprehensive 360 degree of you, your life, and your objectives. It is not uncommon for a patient to begin their session with one objective in mind only to find that another area of their life needs to be addressed because it is the core of other issues.
- Moving Forward – Towards the end of your first therapy session, we may discuss a plan for moving forward. We might set goals for our work together and discuss the frequency of our sessions. You may also ask any questions that are on your mind. Finally, you will schedule your next appointment.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your First Family Counseling Session
- Every therapist is different – Make sure you find one that you feel comfortable with. To do this, rather than focusing on wondering whether or not the therapist is a match for you, focus on being yourself and saying what you feel like you need to say. It might take a few sessions before you make a decision. You can even discuss your feelings about the potential relationship towards the end of the session. Many therapists appreciate this.
- After the session, think about how you feel. Remember, feelings of discomfort may arise and this is in part due to facing various problems. Avoidance might feel easier at times, but it will not help you work things out. Try not to be alarmed about this and even work hard to talk about it. That is what your therapist is there for – to listen, to provide advice, to be there when you need it.
- Opening up – If there are certain subjects that you are not ready to talk about, you may want to indicate that this topic is a concern, but you would like to discuss it later. Keep in mind that confidentiality is a foundation of therapy, and opening up might be the best thing you could do for yourself.
If you would like to find out more information about the family counseling Wheaton MD residents recommend from Lindsey Hoskins & Associates, LLC, please contact our office today.