How To Prepare For Your First Visit

How To Prepare For Your First Visit

When showing up for your first visit, remember to try to stay relax. This is your opportunity to meet with your psychologist for the first time, and after a few minutes; you’ll be completely at ease.

Just remember, the first appointment would be for an hour long. It is crucial that we have as much up to date information about you as possible, and so sometimes the assessment can take longer than 1 hour. Your therapist will offer guidance in this matter. Finally, your therapist will arrange a time for the next appointment with you and you can get started.

What To Bring To Your First Visit?

We require that if the concerns are about your child, then the parents come to the initial appointment so that we can get as much background information as possible, without adding any stress to the young person.

If you are the adult being treated, then feel free to bring your spouse, partner or friend with you, if you think this would be helpful to better understanding your concerns.

What Questions Should I Ask My Therapist?

You should feel that you can ask your therapist whichever questions you would like on your first visit, especially if they are on your mind. Therapy is a collaborative process, so if there are questions you have, ask away:

Frequently Asked Questions;

  • What is the time period for this process?
  • How do you detox the patients?
  • What medicine did you use for detoxification?
  • What is the routine for the patients in the rehab center?
  • How do you manage the medical problems in the IPCRC?
  • Questions regarding group and individual sessions?
  • Number of individual sessions per week?
  • Visiting timings for the family?
  • The brief process by the staff at the rehabilitation center?
  • Patients with mixed physical illness and drug problems?
  • How to avoid further relapse in the community?
  • Sessions with family?
  • Process of discharge and further follow up in the community?

Your Clinician Is Likely To Ask Questions Relating To;

  • Your medical history and that of family members Neuro-developmental concerns (difficulties relating to your early childhood)
  • Your fears and phobias
  • The symptoms that you are having
  • Your therapy history- if you have one
  • Your goals and expectations
  • Ask you to complete some questionnaires
  • Your availability for appointment scheduling