Coming to see a psychologist can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. People come to see a psychologist for many different reasons and no two people are exactly the same, so it’s understandable everyone’s experience will be different. Some people might feel uncomfortable sitting down with a complete stranger and sharing their fears, secrets and emotions, while others might feel relieved to be able to share things that have been on their mind. Whatever the reason you’re going to see a psychologist and however you feel about it, psychologists are trained professionals and are there to help make you feel as comfortable, supported and respected as possible. So let us tell you what to expect from your first session…
Ok, so you’ve built the courage to call and make an appointment - our friendly reception staff would have asked you some questions to help match you with the right psychologist based on your needs. Now it’s time to come in for your first session.
You would receive some forms to fill out in the waiting room - these forms ask for your details as well as explain confidentiality. Speaking of confidentiality, your psychologist may go through this with you as well, especially if this is your first time seeing a psychologist. Once all the formalities finish, generally we will really try get to know you and what has led you to making an appointment. This session will mostly involve talking a lot about yourself. Your psychologist may discuss things like your current concerns, what changes you had in your life, yours and your family history and any previous concerns. Essentially, we want to understand as best we can what it is you want to work on and accomplish from these sessions. This will help assess and clarify the current problems you are having and start formulating a plan to help with your treatment.
After the session is over, you will generally discuss future sessions and how often to book in for (Hint; sometimes it’s best to book a few sessions in advance as some psychologists get very booked out - this helps keep the therapy momentum going). Your psychologist will then go away and think of a treatment plan that would best suit you to support you in your goals.
Our team at Melbourne Wellbeing Group thrives on promoting the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages. If you or a loved one need support, you can reach us by giving us a call to make an appointment with one of our team of Psychologists or Speech Pathologists.