In order to feel comfortable doing something for the first time, I like to know what's coming. Therefore, I'll now try to paint you a word picture to let you know what your first visit will be like.
My office is on the second floor of the building behind Mosaic Church, (2031 W.Club Blvd, Durham 27705). Turn on Carolina and you'll see the parking lot. From the parking lot approach the left side of the building and go in the first set of doors you come to. Please walk up the stairs to the second floor and there is a waiting area at the top of the landing.
When it's time for your appointment I will come to get you and show you to my office. You can then give me the forms you printed out, filled out, and brought with you. We will go over them so that I understand what your need is and what you want me to do for you. Then we can talk about some ways to work toward your goal.
At the close of the session you can pay me and we can schedule your next appointment.
That's about it. It's not scary at all and you will probably leave with more hope that things can be different in your life.
More detail about the session:
As far as counseling itself goes, first and foremost, counseling is not about blame. No one is at fault, though there may be better ways of doing things. Counseling can serve to further uncover your strengths and help provide strategies about ways to employ them. I consider it an honor to be an empathetic, non-judgmental, objective presence in a situation where you can be at your most vulnerable. Thank you for the privilege of providing you with this help.
In our initial session, I will go over your information about your reasons for pursuing counseling and your history. We will work together to devise a counseling plan that offers a reasonable promise of success and is consistent with your abilities and circumstances. We will get started on that plan right away and regularly review the plan to ensure its continued viability and effectiveness.
Counseling calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the counseling to be most successful, there will be things to do at home in order to work on things we talk about during our sessions.
Counseling often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, significant reductions in feelings of distress, and, if you desire it, the peace of a closer relationship with God.