Making an Initial Appointment
Step 1) Contact us
. If you are interested in making an appointment with one of our counselors, contact us either through our website
or by calling us at 337-475-5981.
Step 2) Talk with a staff member. A highly trained staff member will speak with you on the phone; we strive to be helpful and friendly always. We will answer any questions that you may have and ask you a few basic questions for our records, such as your contact information and your basic concerns (what's bringing you to counseling?)
Step 3) Make an initial appointment. While on the phone, we can set up your first appointment. We are often times able to make same day appointments- so do not hesitate to ask! If you are still unsure or would like to check back we can set up a time to call you back, to schedule at your convenience.
Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00AM- 5:00PM, although some counselors have evening and Saturday morining availability.
Your First Appointment
What to expect
The first counseling session can be a nerve-racking experience. We understand that some people are worried or uncomfortable, and we want this process to be as easy and comfortable for you as possible. Our goal as counselors/student counselors is to be welcoming, non-judgmental, and accepting of all of our clients.
When you first arrive, we will welcome you and present you with our intake forms. These forms usually take 10-20 minutes per client*; we recommend that new clients arrive early for their appointments to fill out paperwork. Paperwork includes forms about our policies and the counselor that you will be seeing. These forms are similar to those you would fill out in a doctor's office. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
In the first session, the client and counselor spend time getting to know one another. This is your time to talk about what brings you in- what's going on in your life that isn't quite working for you. This session may also include basic goal-setting and questionnaires to assess your therapeutic needs. Your session will be conducted in one of our counseling rooms. Some rooms have cameras for supervision purposes. Information regarding audio/video recording will be discussed prior to the start of your session to ensure your comfort.
Once your session is done, you and your counselor will make another appointment. The time between sessions will vary from person to person and from session to session, we work around what will help you the most.
Your First Appointment
What to Bring
Please be sure to bring the following items to your first appointment:
- A list of your current medications and dosages
- Any official documents stating legal rights and responsibilities for children, if necessary.
*In family counseling where a caregiver/parent fills out forms for themselves and their children, we recommend 30-40 minutes before session to fill out the appropriate paperwork.