What to Expect at Your First Therapy Session at Thriveworks McDonough

What to Expect at Your First Therapy Session at Thriveworks McDonough

Taking the first step towards seeking counseling is a positive way to get your life back on track. You may be apprehensive about your initial meeting with your therapist, which is understandable if you have not previously considered the counseling process. Fortunately, when it comes to your first session, knowing what to expect upon your meeting with your practitioner can ease your anxiety and allow you to be fully present.

Scheduling an Appointment

When scheduling a therapy appointment, it’s like visiting your local doctor. You may visit your therapist in a clinical practice or a home environment. Before seeing the practitioner, you will complete forms concerning any insurance and personal information before your session is to start.

Meeting Your Therapist

During the first visit, your therapist will explore personal details as well as reasons for seeking therapy and simply get to know you before the formal sessions begin. It is important for the practitioner to assess your thoughts, general behavior and your expectations for these therapies. This supports future therapeutic practices and helps the professional plan the direction of future counseling.

The first therapy session is not a formal counseling session. Visit your practitioner with realistic expectations. You will not receive much input on coping with your current difficulties or structured counseling initially. This process will occur in the sessions after the first visit.

Questions to Expect During Your First Meeting

Once you are in the therapist’s room or office, try to relax. Take deep breaths in and out and do not focus on what the right or expected answers should be to your practitioner’s questions. The purpose of therapy is to provide the tools, resources, and guidance you need to make constructive life decisions. It is also a process to assist in finding the treatment that best works for your symptoms and underlying conditions. When you are relaxed and answer naturally, this helps to facilitate the process.

During an initial consultation, your therapist will ask a series of questions. These include:

  • Reasons for coming to therapy
  • An exploration of your symptoms
  • The issues or difficulties you are currently experiencing
  • A brief overview of your family history, current family life, career and personal goals.

Every patient will receive a detailed breakdown about what to expect in future therapy sessions. The counselor will cover aspects such as confidentiality and the direction to take for future counseling sessions.

It is important that you feel comfortable during this process and take every step to ensure that your interests are met. While you cannot expect your problems to disappear after the initial practice, you can determine whether you feel comfortable enough to move forward.

Therapy is a highly beneficial and supportive tool. It can make a positive difference in your life if you are limited by personal problems or simply need direction. With the assistance of our therapists and counselors at Thriveworks McDonough, it is possible to achieve your goals. Embrace the process and be open to the possibilities that are introduced in your next therapy session. Call us to schedule an appointment at (678) 853-5849. We can’t wait to meet with you!

Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 8 5 1 8 reviews. See all reviews
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

You won’t be disappointed

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Jaquita for family/couples counseling and she was wonderful! She gave us homework assignments to complete, and we also had some very innovative in session assignments. A straight shooter, but very respectful. She’s just awesome!
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

Professional and Innovative

I just want to give a review of Ms. Jaquita Shorts. My husband and I met with her for several months between May and September for family/marriage counseling. Ms. Shorts gave us homework assignments and in session assignments that made counseling more comfortable. She was also great at drilling down on issues to discover root issues. I definitely suggest giving her a try!
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough


I needed someone to talk to and Keira was a great listener! She was patient and very kind. She didn't rush me I felt very comfortable with her. Very calming environment, clean and smelled great! I have told family members, and they will be going to her next. When I left her office I felt such relief and peace in my heart. I would recommend her to anyone that needs a kind, and open counselor.
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

Professional Service

Victoria is compassionate, competent, a great listener, and the overall gold standard for professionals in her field. Schedule an appointment with her today! You will not be disappointed
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

Awesome experience

Victoria is open, honest, and empathetic. She has cheered me on during some of the best times in my life and has helped me through the worst. I highly recommend her services whether you are dealing with daily life stressors or deeper trauma.
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

The Perfect Coach

If you are searching for an academic life coach, your search is over. Victoria has helped me move confidently in the direction of success in my academic journey. I now have the necessary tools needed to create a fulfilling future.
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

****EYE OPENER****

Victoria gave me some insight of how I look at some things. It's crazy, that answers are there, just never thought about how deep the root is that started most of the issues I have faced. I wish I could Rate higher than 5.
Thriveworks Counseling McDonough

Us army veteran

As a woman and veteran of the US Army, it is refreshing to connect with someone who is able to relate to and understand my struggles because they have experienced it first hand. With Victoria’s guidance and expertise, I have been able to overcome obstacles and barriers in my life that have allowed for personal and professional growth.
See fewer reviews

Thriveworks Counseling

Schedule your first appointment with a Thriveworks Counselor or Life Coach!

  • 1725 Pennsylvania Ave
    McDonough, GA 30253

  • Mon-Fri:7:30AM-9PM

It’s Time to Start a Relationship with a Thriveworks Counselor

It’s not easy, but we’re extremely selective about the counselors, psychologists, and coaches that join our practice. Experience a provider with skill and passion for helping clients make meaningful advances in their lives, relationships, careers, and happiness.

Get Started Today!

Join the movement — gain access to expert mental health tips and discussions, delivered directly to your inbox.