I look forward to meeting you and your child! In order for you to feel more comfortable with our first meeting I have outlined what a typical first session looks like:
At the beginning of the session we will discuss the consent forms in case any questions come up.
Then we will begin to dialogue about what brings you and your child to therapy. Usually, we will discuss 1) the problem, 2) strategies you’ve tried, 3) goals you have, and 4) expectations for treatment. You may not know some of these things and that’s OK too! Sometimes parents come in to therapy with their child and all they know is they just want their child to “feel better, do better, act better.” That’s a great place to start, and I’d like to know more.
This time is also an opportunity for you to ask me questions and to become more comfortable with me. Therapy is built on trust. This is your child’s treatment and both of you should feel comfortable.
Your child may choose to spend some time alone with me, or may wish you to stay. Both choices are perfect and natural, it’s what feels most comfortable for your child.
By the end of our first session you can expect that we’ve taken our first steps to help your child toward positive change. We will discuss if it felt like a good fit and if you’d like me to continue working with your child. If so, we will schedule your child’s next appointment. If something felt off, we can talk more about what we can do to make it a better fit, or I can refer you to another therapist. Your child is important, and I am here to help any way I can.