Therapy is a team effort and a collaborative process. We encourage you to take an active part in the session, so you find the counseling experience valuable.  To make your first session as successful as possible, we suggest:

Be open. 

  • Therapists are trained to ask the right questions, but they’re not mind readers. The therapist can do her job more effectively if you answer the questions openly and honestly.

Be prepared. 

  • Before you get to the session, know how to describe “what’s wrong,” and to describe your feelings about your problem. One way to prepare is to write down the reasons you’re seeking help. 

Ask questions. 

  • The more you understand the counseling experience or how counseling works, the more comfortable you’ll be. Ask questions about the therapy process, and ask the therapist to repeat anything you don’t understand.

Be open and honest about your feelings. 

  • A lot will be going through your head in this first session. Listen to your own reactions and feelings, and share them with the therapist. You’ll both learn from these insights.​

YOUR FIRST SESSION...

The parking is located behind the building.


Enter the building at the front door off Ridley Avenue. Our office is up the stairs and to the left.


Make yourself comfortable in our waiting room. We have complimentary tea, coffee, and water for guests.


Please, complete any paperwork left for you at the front desk by your therapist.


Your therapist come get you out of the waiting room and, and she will direct you to their office to begin your first session. ​

INITIAL PHONE CALLS...

In the first session, you and your therapist will get to know one another and the therapist typically will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps her make an initial assessment of your situation. Questions he might ask include:

Why did you seek therapy?

  • The therapist has to understand your surface problem(s) before she can get to the deeper issues.


What's your personal history and current situation? 

  • The therapist will ask you a series of questions about your life. For example, because family situations play an important role in who you are, she’ll ask about your family history and your current family situation.


What are your current symptoms? 

  • Other than knowing the reason you sought therapy, the therapist will attempt to find out if you’re suffering from other symptoms of your problem. 

OUR OFFICE...

What to Expect 



HELP US HELP YOU...

Counseling • Coaching • Consulting


You will be asked your name, phone number, and an explanation of what prompted you to reach out to our office.


After answering these questions, you will be given a choice of dates and times to book your first appointment.


We will discuss  our session fees.


The therapist will direct you to the paperwork you will need to complete prior to your first session.

The Veal Group