Our first meeting is all about getting to know each other.
We’ll figure out what you want out of our sessions, and talk about goals and expectations. We want you to feel secure and free to speak your mind with us, so this initial session is all about establishing that trust. All of our counselors are certified professionals who are trained to handle sensitive subjects with compassion and understanding.
There’s no judgment here – just honest discussion, and a plan to help.
We encourage you to fill out an intake form before your appointment. Call our office to set up a Username and Password. Our phone number is 601-362-7020. With paperwork out of the way, you won’t have to worry about jotting down information at our office.
Are our Meetings Confidential?
Yes. The information discussed during your sessions cannot be disclosed without your written consent. We’re here to help you grow, and being ethical and discreet is important to achieving that goal. If you need records released, you must sign a “release of records” form in order for your counselor to talk about you, your child, or your records to anyone else.
The only exceptions to this rule are required by law. They include:
- Suspected child abuse, or dependent adult or elder abuse. (The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.)
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. (The therapist is required to notify the police.)
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. (The therapist will make every effort to work with the client to ensure their safety. However, if the client does not cooperate, additional measures may be taken.)
How Long are the Sessions?
Each session lasts 55 minutes, and clients tend to receive the most benefit from one session per week.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Brief therapy lasts between 8 and 10 sessions. Some problems take longer to address, and some can be remedied in less time. The frequency of visits and number of sessions can be discussed during your first visit.