Preparing for your first therapy appointment: (Adults)
You can expect to complete some forms before your first appointment, so try to arrive ten to fifteen minutes early or download the intake forms for your therapist from our website, complete them, and bring them with you. These forms will ask for information about yourself and your insurance coverage. Some of our therapists may also include a questionnaire about what issue you are going through.
When you arrive, if you have not already completed the forms for your first appointment, look to see if your therapist has left out intake forms for you to complete on the table in the waiting room and then take a seat. The therapist will come look for you in the waiting room at the time of your appointment. We generally have receptionists covering phones Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm, but our receptionists often telecommute and provide coverage for all three offices, so for many appointments they may not be present in the office when you are there. If for some reason the therapist is delayed past the appointment time, you may call our receptionist to check on the appointment at (316)729-9965.
During your first session, your therapist will seek to make sure you feel comfortable asking and answering questions. Your therapist will ask about the concerns that brought you to therapy and gather information about your history and symptoms that relate to your concerns. Being open and honest, even when it is difficult, will help you and your therapist have a clear understanding of your goals.
At the end of your first session, your therapist will likely discuss treatment plans and how frequently appointments are recommended. Therapy is about making yourself better and achieving your goals. Feel free to ask your therapist questions—it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. Stay open minded to possibilities and take your first step on your journey!
Preparing for your child’s therapy appointment: (Teens and Children)
It is very important to us that your child is comfortable and understands that this is not a doctor’s appointment. Because it is normal for children to feel nervous on their first visit, be sure to let them know that this is a special, safe place with a person that is here to help them feel better. There will not be any physical exams, shots, or white coats. They may talk about anything they would like. Play is frequently used in therapy with children—young children often do not even realize they are at an appointment.
The first visit will include getting history from the parents, often including the child. If there is history that is not appropriate to share in front of the child at the first visit, you can leave a message for the therapist before time, inform the therapist during a free telephone consultation, or have someone available to care for the child while you give the history to the therapist separately during the first session. With older children and teenagers, it is helpful to have the parents and child together to discuss how confidentiality works when a client is under 18 years old. We provide reassurance to all our clients that the family will work together on the problem, but it is very important to set up an atmosphere where youth feel safe to share their problems.