You are asked to attend 15 minutes early for your first appointment in order to complete any necessary paperwork. Your psychologist will review these documents with you at the beginning of the session. In this first session your psychologist with collect a history from you by asking a range of questions in order to form an understanding of your individual story. They will also learn more about the problem that has brought you to treatment.
In order for you to benefit from treatment you need to feel comfortable with the psychologist that you will be working with. Part of your first session will be determining if the therapist is the right fit for you.
In learning about your particular difficulty your therapist will also determine whether they are the right psychologist to be working with you. If they do not feel that they have the appropriate training or expertise for your particular problem they will assist you to find the appropriate support.
At the end of your first session, goals for treatment will be developed in collaboration with you and treatment options will be discussed.