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And now, what happens next?
You will be contacted as soon as possible. If you have sent your contact information during the day, you can expect to be contacted very soon, certainly within hours. If you have submitted your request during the evening or on weekends, the secretariat will contact you on the first working day.
This first contact will allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding a consultation. You will also be able to set the date and time of your first appointment in the therapist’s office of your choice.
The first appointment, how does that work?
The first appointment a therapist is not so different from a first encounter with any other health specialist, a dentist for example.
You will introduce yourself, and your therapist will do the same. The therapist will tell you his or her “way of working”. Then you will have the opportunity to discuss the reasons why you made your appointment. At the end of the session, after gathering enough information, the therapist will discuss with you the best approach to help you.
Some important facts to keep in mind
Firstly, your therapist is a mental health professional and he / she will treat you professionally and keep confidentiality.
Secondly: there is no need to be ashamed, whatever your issue might be. The therapist will certainly not laugh at you or ridicule you. Each person is different, and each life is different. So the questions that led you to consult, are also unique to you and your situation.
Thirdly: Take a few minutes to prepare before the consultation. For example, write down the topics you want to discuss during the therapy so that your therapist can ‘take stock’ of your situation.
And finally: on the day of your appointment, try to get there a few minutes earlier, in order to have the time to relax a bit before the consultation begins.