What to Expect at your First Appointment


It is natural to feel apprehensive about setting an appointment for and coming to therapy. This information page is designed to help better prepare you for your first experiences at the AU MFT Center.

When you first call the AU MFT Center to set an appointment, you will be asked a few personal questions, such as: your full name, the names of those who might be joining you in therapy, your home address, your phone number, and explanation of what prompted you to call.

After answering these questions, you will be given a choice of dates and times for your first appointment, receive an explanation of our session fees, and then directed to the paperwork you will need to complete prior to your first session.

When you come to your first appointment at the AU MFT Center, you will be greeted at our welcome desk and your completed paperwork will be collected.

You will be introduced to your therapist, and s/he will direct you to one of our comfortable therapy rooms to begin your first session. In this first session, you and your therapist will get to know one another and start to set goals for your therapeutic progress. It is important that you come to this first session ready to be open and honest with your therapist, so that your journey can be tailored to meet your specific needs and goals.

Confidentiality/ Privacy Assurance:

We assure you that your use of the Auburn University Marriage and Family Therapy Center, and any information your share, will be kept confidential. Possible exceptions to your confidentiality, such as, if required by law in the state of Alabama, will be disclosed and explained to you before you agree to undertake therapy at the Center.

Special Note:
The Auburn University Marriage and Family Therapy Center is a training facility for graduate students enrolled in Auburn University’s Master of Science Marriage and Family Therapy Program. All therapists in this program will complete at least 500 therapy hours, and will receive at least 100 hours of supervision (individual and group), 50 of which must be directly observed (live or videotaped). Because of this commitment to offer rigorous training and outstanding professional services, all therapy sessions are video-taped and, at times, faculty supervisors and/or AU MFT Center colleagues may observe sessions from behind a one-way mirror. This is done to provide the best possible feedback to the therapists, ultimately ensuring high-quality care and experiences for our clients.





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