During your first visit I will review confidentiality, and office policies. Also, we will discuss insurance, billing, fees, etc. The first session is usually used as an assessment, and for initial goal setting. We will discuss what prompted you to call when you did, and how the issue your struggling with is impacting you on a day-to-day basis. We will discuss your attempts to resolve the issue or relieve the impact. We will discuss what you hope to get out of the session, and the counseling experience. The first session is for getting to know each other, and deciding if this counseling relationship is a match. Please review my document titled "Informed Consent" to learn more about the counseling experience overall.
I sometimes encounter a client who may need a service that I can not offer. As a licensed clinician I am ethically bound to refer clients to providers who can best serve their needs. Some examples of referral resources would be: