River Park Psychology Consultants
727 N. Waco, Suite 210
Wichita KS 67203
(316) 616 0260
IMPORTANT: Please bring your insurance card(s) with you. If your paperwork has not been completed prior to your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early.
A session with a therapist is not that long and there is a lot of ground to cover during that first appointment. So preparation is important. Here are some general information to help you get ready and let you know what to expect.
How You Can Prepare:
- Write down any symptoms you have had. This might take some thinking because you should include things that may not seem related to the reason you scheduled your appointment.
- Write down personal information. For example, have you been under a lot of stress? Have there been life changes such as divorce, marriage, job loss?
- Make a list of all the medications you are taking and include things like vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter remedies.
- Make a list of questions for your doctor. We want you to know all about why you’re speaking to a therapist and asking questions will help.
Some Basic Questions to Ask Your Therapist:
- Is there a specific cause for my symptoms?
- What are other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
- What therapy is likely to work best for me?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you’re suggesting?
What to Expect from Your Therapist:
In order to treat you well, your therapist will ask you a number of questions. Answering honestly and completely will help you and your therapist achieve your goals of managing your symptoms/condition. Some of the questions your therapist may ask are:
- When did you or your loved ones first notice your symptoms?
- How long have you felt this way?
- Does your mood ever swing from feeling down to feeling euphoric and full of energy?
- Do you ever have suicidal thoughts?
- How severe are your symptoms? Do they interfere with your daily life or relationships?
- Do you have any biological relatives with these symptoms?
- What other mental or physical health conditions do you have?
- Do you drink alcohol or use illicit drugs?
- How much do you sleep at night? Does it change over time?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?