Starting therapy is an important, and sometimes difficult decision. Finding the right fit in a therapist can significantly impact the outcome of treatment. As a result, there are several important goals in an initial meeting.
Expect the initial session to take 60-90 minutes.
Psychotherapy sessions will be structured around the client's treatment plan. This will vary based on the presenting issue, as well as the client's strengths and needs. Sometimes, homework will be assigned between sessions. The work done outside of session is equally important to what is accomplished within the therapist's office.
Expect follow-up sessions to take 45-50 minutes each.
Based on the client's presenting issue, additional assessment using standardized psychometric instruments may be required. If there is a need for additional testing, this will be discussed at the initial appointment or if needed as treatment progresses.