We know taking this first step can bring a little bit of nervousness; that is normal! The first session is more like a “getting to know you” session. Your counselor will want to hear your story. You will be guided through topics such as what brings you to counseling, any experience you have had with mental health services, personal and family history, and what you hope to accomplish through counseling. We will also share with you “housekeeping items” such as practice procedures, informed consent, and the best way for you and your counselor to communicate. By the end of the first session, our direction of counseling will be identified and your next appointment will be scheduled. If you are being seen for couples counseling, it is likely each partner will meet with the counselor individually after our initial session, resuming counseling together at the fourth session.