What To Expect During Your First Appointment

Going to see a mental health professional is a major decision for anyone, and you are to be commended for taking this first step.

Many people do not know what to expect at their first appointment.  Please know that our primary goal is to make you feel comfortable.  We strive to help you leave feeling more hopeful and less stressed than when you arrived.

We start by giving you time to tell your story.  We want to hear about your life or the life of your child/teen: strengths, hopes, dreams, needs, and fears.

Take some time before your appointment to think about these questions:

  • What are your goals for our time together?
  • What are your strengths or what are the strengths of your child/teen?
  • What are your current concerns?
  • How long have you had these concerns?
  • Are these problems seen mostly at home, school, and/or in social situations?
  • What concerns have teachers or employers raised?
  • Have you had concerns in any of the following areas:
    • Worry, Fears, Anxiety
    • Sadness, Depression
    • Suicidal thoughts/attempts
    • Impulsivity or “acting before thinking”
    • Hyperactivity
    • Inconsistent Attention
    • Procrastination
    • Aggression or Anger
    • Forgiveness (Including Forgiving Yourself)
    • Social/Relationship Problems
    • Career Problems
    • Learning Difficulties
    • Parenting Problems
    • Family Problems
    • Health/Medical issues
    • Language delays
    • Motor skills/coordination
    • Eyesight or Hearing Problems

Take some time now to prioritize your goals and concerns before your first appointment.

Near the end of your first appointment, we will have some suggestions and recommendations for next steps. You will also have time to ask questions of us.

We look forward to working with you to enhance your strengths, meet your unique needs, and empower you reach your goals!


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