What to expect from the first appointment with a psychologist or psychiatrist

What to expect from the first appointment with a Psychologist or Psychiatrist

If you’re considering seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, you might be wondering what your first appointment will be like. The first appointment can be nerve-wracking, but it’s an important step in getting the help you need. Psychology and psychiatry can be the appropriate approach for many of us, both children and adults. If you are a parent and considering a visit for your child, you can be assured that your child is in the safest hands with our professional therapists. At Berlin Rehabilitation and Medical Center, we strive to make your first appointment as comfortable and informative as possible.

When you arrive for your first appointment, you will be warmly greeted by our staff. During the appointment, your psychologist or psychiatrist will talk be able to provide valuable information and insights into why you may experience symptoms, think, feel and act and much more. The aim is to work collaboratively together, clinician and patient to improve your wellbeing.  Our open-minded clinicians will establish why you’re seeking treatment and what your goals are. They will ask you questions about your symptoms, your lifestyle, and any factors that may be contributing to your difficulties. This information will help your psychologist understand your situation and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Your first appointment is also an opportunity for you to get to know your clinician and ask any questions you may have. You may be wondering about the therapy process, what to expect from future appointments, and how long treatment may last. Your psychologist will be happy to answer these questions and provide you with the information you need to feel comfortable and informed.

At Berlin Rehabilitation and Medical Center, we offer a variety of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy. Your psychologist and psychiatrist will work with you to determine the best approach for your needs and goals. You may be advised to complete specific assessment methods such as an attention assessment, personality assessment, memory assessment, assessment of executive functioning, intellectual and academic ability functioning or an autism diagnostic assessment. 

Overall, your first appointment with or clinicians at Berlin Rehabilitation and Medical Center is a collaborative process that’s focused on understanding your unique needs and goals. We’re here to help you feel comfortable, informed, and supported as you take the first step toward improved mental health.