Just like Aaron Burr in the musical “Hamilton”, many people want to be in the room where it happens…. Or at least know what happens in that room. While Burr may be talking about the room where political decisions are made, I’m talking about the counseling room. Many people may feel anxious going into the counseling room without knowing what to expect. Well today, I will reveal those secrets to you. I will let you in on what happens in the room during what is called an intake appointment, the first counseling session you will ever have.
When you show up for an intake appointment, the first thing that you will be asked to do is fill out paperwork. It is important to have an accurate understanding of who you are, so you may be asked questions that surprise you. Common intake questions include questions about your symptoms, questions about your family, questions about your childhood, questions about your support network, and the like. Don’t be overwhelmed- all of this information will help me understand you better and create a treatment plan that serves who you are.
After you finish your paperwork, I will bring you into my office to go over what’s called an informed consent statement. This is where I tell you all of the legal information that you are entitled to, including how your privacy works, how cancellations work, and where to call if you need help. We can take this at your speed, and I will give you time to ask questions. After that, we will go over your paperwork together. I will ask for details so that I can better understand whats happening. Most of all, I will give you a chance to tell your story. This is a chance for you to get it all out in a safe space. It is my job to listen to your story without judgement and provide support for you.
That’s it. That is all that happens in the room. Sometimes, if we have time, we discuss the goals. No matter what happens, I do my best to make it an open and comforting time for you. Then, it truly becomes the room where it happens- where your life is changed. Are you ready? Call me today to schedule your appointment.