WHAT TO EXPECT...
Welcome! You have taken the first courageous step to enter into psychotherapy. Here are a few things to help you prepare for your first session:
Plan to arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Free street parking is available; pay for parking options are more wide-spread. Once you reach the call box at 1142 W Madison, either you can look up the practitioner you are there to see or select the "Collective Hope" number. You may take the stairs or elevator to the 4th floor and make your way to suite #406.
Upon entry, make yourself comfortable and help yourself to a cup of tea or water. Your practitioner will meet you in the waiting area and walk you through the Collective Hope intake forms. In a private office, your provider will guide you in a conversation about what brought you to seek psychological services and discuss potential goals. Also, this will be a time to ask your therapist about his/her background, training, and therapeutic style. Together, you both will determine a plan for counseling and schedule follow-up sessions.