Here’s what to expect in your first meeting with West Michigan Wellness Group:
First: We cover the basics of counseling. A healthy relationship includes clear goals and expectations, so together we will cover important points including scheduling, payment, confidentiality, the benefits and risks of counseling, and anything else important to you and your counseling goals.
Second: We will spend time getting to know you. You can expect to share basic personal information such as where you live, your counseling history, health concerns, etc. We will also do a quick sketch of your family so we are familiar with who you are in that context and learn about other people who may be a part of your story.
Third: We will ask you to share your story. We know this part can be difficult, and we also know how important this is to your growth and healing. At West Michigan Wellness Group, we help guide you through your story, even the difficult parts. We won't cover every detail in your first session, but we will begin to have a sense of what brings you in, where you would like to go moving forward, and how we can help you get there.
In future sessions, we encourage you as the client to lead. You determine what is most important to you to explore and discuss. You talk more, we listen more. And together we'll journey through your story towards wellness.