You first visit is usually 1-1.5 hours in length. It includes completing paperwork regarding contact information, discussion of consent and confidentiality, a thorough history of your mental and emotional state, followed by goal setting to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your individual needs. Various therapy modes are used to personalize your intervention. Referrals and recommendations may be provided at this time depending on the nature of your condition.
Psychology involves client-centered care, recognizing that no two individuals are exactly alike. Trust and rapport with your counsellor are of utmost concern and half the battle towards overcoming struggles. Results can in some cases be instantaneous, but long-lasting improvements that address the root cause can take time.