The first session, the initial assessment, will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. This session will involve an evaluation of your needs and the goals you want to achieve. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan, if you decide to continue. Therapy involves a large commitment of time and energy, so you should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. All clients will have a diagnosis, based on the gathered information during the assessment. Diagnoses are technical terms that describe the nature of your problems and whether they are short-term or long-term issues. All of the diagnoses come from a book entitled the DSM-V and will be discussed with you. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. Generally, psychotherapy at H.O.P.E. Counseling Services, LLC is relatively short -term, proceeding on the basis of weeks rather than years. If you require services beyond the scope of what I can provide, I will refer you to other resources within the community.