After we receive your request for services, the intake coordinator at Beacon Therapy Group will create an online account for you in our electronic health record system. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access your account. When you log in, your will be requested to complete basic demographic information, insurance information, and submit a brief questionnaire.
STEP 3 – SCHEDULE INITIAL APPOINTMENT
Once you completed the initial forms, our clinicians will review your information. An available clinician who feels like they would be a good fit for working with you will contact you directly.
STEP 4 – COMPLETE INTAKE FORMS
You and your clinician will schedule your first appointment. Once your appointment is scheduled your clinician will send additional forms to sign and complete in your online account. It is important that you complete the forms at least 48 hours before your appointment. This ensures that you and your clinician can efficiently use the time of your first session.
STEP 5 – ATTEND FIRST SESSION
Due to COVID-19 all of our sessions will be conducted through our secure online counseling platform. The link for you video session will be available in your client portal. On the day of your appointment, please arrive at your virtual appointment on time.
Your first session will be about 45-55 minutes. During this time, your therapist will learn about you, in particular, the reason(s) you decided to start therapy. Your therapist will also review your medical history, personal history, and current academic/work situation. Many of our clients have experienced significant traumatic experiences. Please know that clients are not required to speak about any difficult situations until they are ready. It takes time to build confidence and trust so know that there is no rush is providing the details of your story (if it does not feel right).
To prepare for your first session, you may want to consider the following:
What brings me to therapy now?
What is currently most challenging for me?
What do I hope will be different if I attend therapy?
What am I doing that is helping my current situation?
Is there anything I am doing that is making my situation worse?
Your therapist will guide the first session. So don’t feel pressure in knowing what to say. One of the most important factors of treatment is feeling comfortable with your therapist, which may come over time. Feel free to ask your therapist questions to learn more about their style and approach to treatment.
At the end of your first session you and your therapist will discuss next steps. If you and your therapist agree that you are a match, you will schedule your next appointment.