What Will Happen at My First Family Counselor Visit?

This video highlights what to expect in your first family counselor visit. When you visit your family counselor for the first time, you may be nervous about what to expect. You may wonder what the family counselors will ask and how much information they want from you. The comforting thing is that you don't have to be a perfect person for your counseling session to be successful.

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The key to success is being open and honest with your counselors and following their advice. As with most other medical appointments, certain things are standard in visits to family counselors. You need paperwork related to your situation, including court documents, medical records, and other items that might be relevant to your situation. At an initial visit, your family counselors will likely ask questions about yourself and your relationships with others to get a sense of who you are on an individual level. They may also ask questions about your family or marital situation to determine the counseling that best suits your needs. It's also a chance to ask questions and learn more about the counseling process. After this initial interview process, the family counselors will have recommendations on treatment options.