Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling Services
Can you prescribe medication? Family Service Society does not have a psychiatrist or medical provider on staff who can prescribe medication. If it is determined by therapist and client that a medication evaluation is warranted, therapists can work closely with clients to connect them to a provider in the community who can meet this need.
What can I expect during my first appointment? Family Service Society recognizes the strength and courage needed to schedule your first counseling session and we are grateful you have trusted in us to provide care and treatment during this difficult time. For your first session, we ask clients to arrive 30 minutes early to complete initial intake paperwork. Your first session with your therapist will be more of an information-gathering session. This is an opportunity for your therapist to gain a better understanding of your history, challenges and strengths. If you are taking medication, it can be helpful to come prepared with a list of your currently prescribed medications. If you’ve had past mental health treatment, putting together a list of providers and care you’ve received can also be helpful. At the conclusion if your session, based on your presenting concerns, your therapist will work with you to establish a plan for next steps regarding your mental health treatment.
Can I fill out intake forms before my appointment? Yes, intake forms can be printed HERE
How long will I be in counseling? The length of treatment varies greatly from person to person. Over the course of your first 3 sessions, you and your therapist will create a treatment plan which will detail specific goals you’d like to work toward. This plan will also detail an estimated length for your treatment.
for comprehensive information and referral to the services and support you need in Steuben. Chemung, Allegany, Schuyler, and Yates Counties Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211 or visit: www.211helpline.org