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The key is to come in with virtually no expectation, but to be curious, open minded and prepared to answer a few questions. Typically the first session will be about getting to know each other as much as possible, with more of an emphasis on Dom understanding more about who you are, and why you are here.  It is OK to not know the answers to these types of questions; many people do not. 

As per New Zealand's Psychologists Board requirements Dom will provide you with a written consent form and go over confidentiality and its limits. Although there is no legal age (rather your level of competence to understand the pro's and cons of undertaking psychology) to provide consent in a psychology setting, Dom prefers that if you are under 16 years old, that a legal guardian at least attends some of the first session so that they too understand the limits of confidentiality.

Your are welcome to bring a support person along to the first, or any session if you wish.  You set the guidelines.

You do not have to bring any documents to the first session unless you believe these will be helpful, or Dom has suggested so based on the initial contact made.

Dom is a light-hearted and caring individual who will go at your pace, not his.  Often the first session is the most daunting, but typically you will experience some laughter and a better insight to yourself and psychology.

What To Expect at the First Appointment: About Me
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