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First Appointment

First Appointment

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 we do have counselors on staff that have available hours that extend our office hours- call for more information!

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 for you as possible. Our goal as counselors is to be welcoming, non-judgmental, and fully accepting of all our clients.

Counseling Session

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. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them.

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. Sometimes, this session will also include some basic goal making and questionnaires. Your session will be conducting in one of our counseling rooms. Some rooms have cameras for supervision purposes, information about this will be discussed before your session for 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

For you first session, make sure to bring:

  • 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.