What To Expect From Your First Session

It can be helpful to know what will happen when you come to see me, especially if you haven’t worked with a therapist before. Below are some commonly asked details about how the first session goes:

  • My office is on the second floor of the Castle Realty building in St Cloud. At the top of the stairs is a small waiting area. Please take a seat and I will come out to get you at the time of your session. Please do not knock on my door. There is a unisex restroom down the hallway to the right as you walk into the second floor. The restroom door is the second door on your left.
  • Please arrive on time. There is a lot we will cover in the first session and I don’t want you to feel rushed. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, we will need to reschedule the session.
  • Intake sessions are about 55-60 minutes.
  • We will first complete 2-3 forms, including an informed consent form that I will explain. I will also obtain a copy of your insurance card.
  • I will complete a diagnostic interview and later write up a written assessment from the first session. This includes giving you a mental health diagnosis, unless you are paying for sessions with cash. If you are concerned about being given a “label” please don’t hesitate to talk to me about that. You have the right to see and obtain copies of all documents in your records, including this assessment (there is a fee for printed copies).
  • You are encouraged to ask me anything about the process as we go. If you want to know why I’m asking something, what I’m typing, or anything about my professional credentials/experience, please feel free to ask.
  • You are not required to answer any questions that I may ask. You can reserve the right to provide more information in a later session. If you would be more comfortable filling out an intake form or providing me with written information instead of talking, you are welcome to do so.
  • Both members of a couple (or all members of a household) are encouraged to attend the first session.
  • I cannot determine what your copay/coinsurance is unless it is on your insurance card. I will find out the portion you owe after I bill. However, you are encouraged to call your insurance provider directly and find out before attending the first session.
  • After the first session, any copays or coinsurance are due at the time of service (just like any other medical provider).

What else do you think is helpful to know before attending the first session?

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