What Happens When I Start Therapy?

Feeling uncertain about the beginning of therapy is 100% natural, but lets see if we can relieve some of the anxiety by covering a brief outline of what to expect in the first few sessions. First things first, you can expect a little bit of paperwork. You’ll want to arrive to your appointment about 15 minutes early so you will have plenty of time to fill out and read the intake packet, which you will find on a blue clipboard in the lobby. Most likely you will be greeted by one of our therapists and offered a glass of water, sounds terrible so far, right? All jokes aside, we recognize how difficult walking through the door is, and will make every effort to help you feel comfortable as soon as possible.

The first session will begin with a review of everything you just read to ensure that we are all on the same page. Your therapist will make sure you understand what therapy is and isn’t, what confidentiality is and what the limits to it are, and will answer any questions you may have before commencing therapy. Once this is out of the way, you will be asked what you are here to achieve and we will go from there. There will likely be a questionnaire or two, and some time spent learning a new skill to take with you as you leave. You may choose to schedule another appointment at the end of your session or you may not. The most important thing to remember is that the quality and effectiveness of therapy is greatly dependent on how well the client and therapist fit; if its not a good match, let us know and we will make recommendations for who may be better suited for you. At Coherence Associates, Inc. we are all about getting results, we will do our best to help you make the most of your time and resources. (For more information about the individual therapists at Coherence Associates Inc.  Please visit our about page to read more)

If you choose to move forward with your therapist, the first couple of sessions will be spent developing trust and cultivating resources and new skills for you to use in your everyday life. Your therapist will take a personal history and assess for the appropriate type of therapy for you. Recommendations will be made for mental and physical health evaluations; we can provide you with a list of qualified providers we work closely with or you may seek out your own.

(For assessment forms you can fill out beforehand visit the Forms You Can Download page)

The therapy process is different for everyone; there is no single correct way. Your therapist will tailor your treatment to you and will do so with your assistance. Remember, you are the expert on you; your therapist will frequently defer to you for guidance and direction in how to best meet your needs. The client and the therapist form a collaborative relationship to co-create your growth and enhance your well-being. We welcome feedback, and request that you share your likes and dislikes.

What to bring to the first session

  • A list of all current medications, vitamins, and supplements
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Contact information for primary care provider, psychiatrist, or anyone else on the treatment team
  • A desire to cultivate change!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (760) 942-8663.

Reannon Kerwood, MA, IMF 73596

Clinical Intern

Coherence Associates, Inc.

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What Happens When I Start Therapy?

4 thoughts on “What Happens When I Start Therapy?

  • February 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm
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    I have been in therapy for many years working on severe abuse issues from childhood. I was extremely lucky to find a wonderful Psychologist. It took around two years of seeing her weekly before I began to be able to really work on my issues. Trust isn’t something that comes easily for me but she refused to give up on me. I think we need to explain more about what to and not to expect a Therapist to do. They, if they are well-trained, offer advice unless it is absolutely necessary. The idea of therapy is find your own answers and thus your own life with skilled guidance. Thank you for your article. I hope to pay forward the recovery and joy in life I now feel after having worked with this remarkable woman for so many years.

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  • February 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    Shirley –

    Thank you for your experience. It is our hope to be able to help educate people about therapy and what to expect. Too often when a person begins any kind of mental health treatment they either expect to have everything fixed right away, or have no hope at all. Neither of those is productive for the client or the clinician. We hope that by doing what we can we might help people that much more.

    -Jeremy Larsen
    Business Development and Practice Manager
    Coherence Associates Inc.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 5:38 am
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    IS there any book about abnormal psychology based DSM-5?

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    • February 8, 2016 at 11:42 am
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      Ali –

      When you ask about a book about Abnormal Psychology, based on the DSM-V are you asking about textbooks? Or about books for clinicians that are to help make the transition from the IV to the V? I am happy to answer any questions I can, I just need to make sure I know what you are asking.

      Jeremy Larsen
      Business Development and Practice Manager
      Coherence Associates Inc.
      http://www.coherenceassociates.com

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