Initial Therapy Session Template

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What is the theory behind the template?

An initial therapy session is structured differently from general therapy sessions as there is a fair amount of information needed from the client. Without this information, the therapist may struggle to fully conceptualize the client and develop an effective treatment plan.

There are two key elements when considering an initial session – these are information gathering and rapport building.

How will the template help?

This template aims to set out a checklist of elements to include in an initial therapy session to provide a successful foundation for the future intervention.

This template offers suggestions for how to engage a child or adolescent in an initial session.

How to use the template?

Working with the checklist provided you can tailor an initial session structure that suits you as a therapist. Remember that you will need to be flexible in your plan as your client may you to do so.

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Seabrook, M. (2022). What To Expect In Your First Therapy Session.