Your First Appointment with MV Psychological Services

MV Psychology Your First Appointment

 
Prior to your first session in the waiting room you will be given a personal contact information sheet to complete. In addition, you will be given a handout on Dr. Monica Vermani regarding her services along with a consent form outlining confidentiality/office policies. You will be expected to review and sign two copies of this form (one copy is for your records).

Our first session is a brief introduction by myself. If you have any questions about the confidentiality and office policies, we can discuss at this time. Thereafter, I will typically ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps me make an initial assessment of your situation. Questions I might ask include: Why you sought therapy at this point in time? Your personal history and current situation. What are your current symptoms?

We explore where you ideally would like to be in life across life tasks of work, social, intimacy, self-care and spirituality. While I may make a diagnosis at the end of your first visit, it’s more likely that a diagnosis will take a few more sessions. My goal then is to alleviate symptoms you are suffering from by devising a treatment plan to teach and enhance skills to live the ideal life you want, and bridge the gap between where you are and where you would like to be in life across all areas.

At the end of this session we will discuss next steps for you. Together, we will determine the frequency of our contact/appointments.

Most people are nervous at their first appointment (and sometimes future appointments as well). This is normal and to be expected. Hopefully once we meet, and settle into our conversation, your nerves will calm and you will feel more comfortable as time passes. If you find that my therapy style does not fit your needs and/or goals, I am happy to discuss this with you and provide referrals to other therapists who may better suit your needs.