Information for New Clients
Getting The Most Out of Therapy
Here is some information that you may find helpful before your first visit at Cabot Psychological Services. In addition, you should have received an email with a link to the client portal to create your user name and password. You will also be asked to fill out paperwork online via this process. If you don't want to complete the paperwork online, it is available on the forms page.
Preparing for Your First Appointment:
Meeting your therapist for the first time can be stressful for some people, so coming prepared to your appointment can help alleviate these feelings. To help yourself feel better prepared, consider…
- Bringing a few notes written notes so as not to forget any important information you’d like to share with your therapist.
- Complete the online forms prior to coming to your appointment. If you are not comfortable with the online form, please download, complete and bring the forms with you to your session.
- Confirming how you are getting to our offices. The Location page has instructions and a Google Maps link to assist you. Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions about locating us.
During your first meeting with your therapist, you can expect . . .
- To be asked questions about yourself, your background and what brought you to therapy. Answer in your own words or reference the notes you wrote before your appointment. There is no wrong way to answer questions in this appointment!
- To talk with your therapist about a plan to best help you. This may include continuing to meet with your therapist on a regular basis, or your therapist may refer you to another specialist who may be better able to help you.
- That you should feel free to express yourself and talk about what is important to you. If you do not feel comfortable, let your therapist know so that you can discuss how to proceed.
Take an Active Role
- Keep your appointments.
- Ask questions.
- Consider how you would like to use your therapy time.
- Request that your providers all work together.
As Therapy Proceeds
- Expect that therapy will take some time. Your situation didn’t develop overnight, so it won’t resolve overnight either.
- Spend some time after each appointment reflecting on your time in therapy.
- Prior to each appointment, consider what issues feel important to discuss.
- Be mindful of how you are feeling about the therapy process. Challenge yourself to discuss this process with your therapist.