• OTC Ep. 2 – Your First Therapy Appointment


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    How do you know where to find a good therapist?

    What is that first appointment going to look like?  What will we talk about?  How do I know if I should keep going?

    In OTC episode 2, John Dennis looks at what to expect from your first counseling appointment.


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    In This Episode


    John explains that in the first session you should bring the following things:

    • A picture ID
    • Your insurance card (if you are paying through insurance)
    • Payment for your first session (based on rates, insurance, etc.)

    You should expect for the counselor to explain confidentiality and informed consent and ask you to complete client paperwork either at the appointment or beforehand.

    In addition, the counselor will ask background information questions about your life, family, education, medical history, etc. in an effort to get a full picture and get up to speed on what you’re looking to get out of counseling.  Be sure to take care of yourself after the session – drink a fair amount of water, eat a healthy meal, get a good night’s sleep.  Sometimes it may be good to treat yourself a little bit afterwards to a favorite meal or relaxing afterwards.

    Next Episode

    OTC Ep. 3 – Jason Boes Discusses How To Break Up With Your Therapist

    Meet John Dennis

    John is a licensed professional counselor with over 14 years of experience who specializes in counseling for individuals, couples, children, and adolescents. He focuses on working with anxious teens and adults, couples who are struggling to connect with one another, and those dealing with grief and loss.


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    Disclaimer: The author of this podcast is not engaged in a therapeutic relationship with the reader and cannot give counseling advice without a confidential appointment. Readers should be sure to consult with a licensed therapist in their area or seek emergency medical attention if they are experiencing difficulty.

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