Intake Process

The first session is unlike the following sessions, and therefore it can feel like a strange encounter. The first session is known in the “counseling world” as the intake session. The purpose of the intake session is for the therapist and you to create the most whole and accurate picture of you as possible. In other words, this is a time where your therapist goes over all there is to know (as if that’s possible in one session) about you to help gather a picture to help you both out. One way in which your therapist gets to know you is (using) forms. There are probably going to be a lot of forms you (will be asked to)fill out. These could include informed consent, intake forms, release of information, questionnaires, and so on.

Being honest with your therapist is crucial. Therapists know how difficult it can be to talk about hard things you may have experienced (i.e., neglect, childhood abuse, family or parent substance abuse, couple’s conflict), but they also know how much of a need it is and relief it feels to get it off your chest. Although that doesn’t all (i.e. getting it out) come within the first session, we are prepping for the opportunity ahead of you!”


Questionnaires serve a purpose, but the purpose may vary.

First, to get a baseline. For therapists, they cannot know where to go if they don’t know where you are. A baseline is an understanding of where you currently are so that your therapist can help you move to where you want to be.

Second, questionnaires can potentially help identify what it is that you are experiencing. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether it’s anxiety, depression, obsessions, and so forth. Tentatively identifying what you are experiencing helps inform treatment.

Last, questionnaires can identify when you may need immediate help. It can be very uncomfortable to talk about thoughts of suicide or homicide, but it’s important to talk about it. Research has consistently backed up that directly questioning is the best way to help an individual who is at an extreme end of harming self or others. When you indicate that those thoughts are present, it’s important that your therapist can help you right away.

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