What to expect at your first session

We understand how significant it is to begin therapy. We are honored to serve our clients and we are excited every time our clients learn how to overcome their struggles and begin to enjoy healthier and happier lives.

We welcome you to the Lipscomb Family Therapy Center and look forward to seeing you at your first session.

Before Your First Session

We invite you to download and complete our packet of intake paperwork prior to arriving at your first session.  This ensures that your session will start on time and that we have all the information we need to create a confidential case file for you.

Our intake paperwork includes a Consent form that describes your professional relationship with LFTC and tells you what you can expect in therapy, a Notice of Privacy Practices that informs you of the ways we keep your personal information confidential and secure, a Client Intake form that your therapist uses to help get to know who you are, and our sliding scale Schedule of Fees and Proof of Income forms that we use for billing purposes. Instructions for filling out these forms are available here.

Your first appointment will last approximately one and a half hours from the time you arrive to complete all necessary paperwork to the moment your session ends and you schedule your next appointment.  Because you will not be able to see your therapist until you complete all necessary paperwork, arriving on time is critical. After you read, sign, and turn in all paperwork, you will have approximately 50 minutes to meet with your therapist.

Your First Session

Your first session is an important step in forming a therapeutic alliance, which is the bond that helps you and your therapist understand one another and work together to meet your treatment goals.

During your first session, your therapist will tell you what you can expect as a client at the Lipscomb Family Therapy Center. Your therapist will also ask you questions about your life, health, and relationship history and will give you the opportunity to describe your reasons for coming to therapy.

By the end of your first session, you will have started a therapeutic process that has helped countless others achieve their goals by learning to overcome struggles, manage mental health issues, and strengthen their relationships. We admire your decision to begin therapy and are eager to work with you.