Whether you have been to counseling before or not, here is what to expect on your first visit:
- In-person or online, an initial meeting with your provider will run 50-60 minutes.
- You should bring your insurance card (if using insurance) and a method of payment (cash, check, or credit card- including HSA cards).
- You will first complete a few forms, including client information, emergency contact, and informed consent (your provider will go over this one with you). You may also complete a release of information form if you would like your provider to consult with someone like a physician or school counselor.
- If you would like to print and complete your forms before the appointment, they can be found here. For online appointments, these will be returned before the appointment.
- A first visit is considered a diagnostic evaluation, so you and your provider will be discussing relevant history and your concerns or reasons for seeking services. A preliminary plan will be discussed as well.
- For minors (under the age of 18), parents may participate for all or part of the first session as desired or appropriate.
- Sessions are typically held weekly, at least to start, then possibly biweekly. And sometimes sessions are ongoing, other times a client attends just a few visits. It depends on client goals and what is most appropriate, your provider will discuss with you at the first visit.
Matthews Counseling / 145 Little Conestoga Road Chester Springs, PA 19425