During the first couple of sessions, you will be asked a list of intake questions. You can expect to talk about the concern(s) that brought you into counseling and also about your background and personal history. This will help Deborah get a better understanding of you and your environment, family, coping mechanisms, social history, and more. You will be promised a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. You can also expect to have some brief paperwork to fill out. Other paperwork will be sent to you prior to the appointment to be filled out and brought with you.
If the client is a child or adolescent, Deborah will interview the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the first part of the intake to get background information and then talk to the child/adolescent separately. Deborah usually then meets together with the child or adolescent and parent(s)/guardians(s) to ensure the limits of confidentiality is understood by all parties and goals are then created by next session.