What happens when I call Quality Counseling & Psychological Services for an appointment?
You will first speak with one of our office staff who will ask you a series of standard questions we ask of everyone. They will be able to schedule you for an initial appointment called an intake session with one of our therapists.
If we do not have expertise or ability to meet your needs, we will provide you with the names and number of other agencies or therapists that may be a better fit for you.
What should I expect if I decide to get therapy at Quality Counseling?
At the first session, you will be asked to fill out standard paperwork and a psychosocial history form before you meet with the therapist. The first few sessions are typically dedicated to getting to know you and figure out how we can best serve your needs as well as identifying a treatment plan. Typically, therapy sessions are once per week for approximately 50 minutes, but this may be more frequent depending on the concern. Because we focus on brief, research-supported treatment, clients can expect to be asked to do some form of practice or work outside of the therapy session in order to increase therapy benefits. Towards the end of treatment, therapists and clients often decide to “taper” off sessions to either a biweekly or monthly basis.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
We recommend bringing a list of your current medications and dosages, and names and contact information for previous treatment providers. This is because the therapist may ask you to sign a release for us to contact your previous provider. In addition, if you (or your child) has had a previous psychological evaluations or testing, we ask that you bring these records.
Everything I tell my therapist is private, right?
Yes, everything is confidential, but with some exceptions, which your therapist will review with you at the first session. The first exception is if we are concerned that you will seriously harm yourself or another person. We are also mandated reports, meaning that we are legally required to report any suspicions of child abuse and neglect, vulnerable adult abuse, and elder abuse.