At the beginning of your first session at Haven Psychology Centre, your psychologist will briefly run through important paperwork with you. This will include completing a form with basic personal information and a consent form that covers issues such as confidentiality, fees and other important information about sessions. If you have been referred by a GP or psychiatrist, we will discuss the details of your Mental Health Care Plan at this point.
The remainder of the session is usually spent discussing the issues that have brought you to therapy. As well as developing a thorough understanding of your concerns, your psychologist will explore relevant background history, for example, information about your family, social relationships, work history and any past counselling that you have done. Based on this information we will begin to help you to understand more about what might be triggering and maintaining your current issues. If time allows, we will also work with you to develop a collaborative and flexible plan for future therapy sessions.
Prior to your first appointment, we recommend arriving 15 minutes early to ensure enough time to complete any forms, and to take a moment to relax before seeing your therapist.