What will happen in my first session?
In your first session, your counselor will take time to get to know you and what brought you in for treatment. This is also a great time to get to know your counselor. This will help decide if the two of you are a good fit. You will also begin developing some goals that you would like to accomplish during counseling and how to go about achieving said goals.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, yes. The law protects confidentiality of communication between a client and psychotherapist or counselor. No information will be disclosed without a signed consent form. There are exceptions to the law, however. These exceptions include:
- Suspected child, dependent adult or elder abuse.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.
- If a client intends to harm him or herself. The counselor will make every effort to work with an individual; however, non-cooperation may lead to additional steps to be taken.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. In order to obtain psychotropic medication and medication monitoring services, you would need to speak with a psychiatrist or your PCP. If you are currently on medications or would like to start, you can sign a consent form for me and your doctor to communicate.