You’ve made the first step and scheduled your first session for psychotherapy. There are a few things you can expect from your first session. Even though you may feel nervous or scared, it is important to relax and be open and honest with your therapist from the beginning. Your first session with the therapist will be different from future visits. The first session is an evaluation where the therapist will ask you a variety of questions to get a general idea of the current problem but also about your life in general. Questions may cover such things as your childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic, friends), your current living situation and your career. You may discuss the length of your treatment, the style of the therapist, and patient confidentiality as well. The therapist will also devote some time to discussing his or her policies regarding fees, cancellations, vacations, insurance, etc. You will be asked if you have any questions. Keep in mind that psychotherapy is an ongoing process so don't expect to solve your problems the first day.