Your First Therapy Appointment

Even if you’re not new to therapy, anticipating a first session can be uncomfortable. We want to make it as clear and effortless as possible, so you can focus on what matters.

  • Before Your Appointment

    The first step is reaching out. Call or fill out this online form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Our Referrals Team will work with you to find a therapist who’s the right fit for you. This process can take several business days.

    Next, the Referrals Team will connect you with a provider directly, who will discuss with you whether there’s a match for treatment needs, insurance and scheduling. All appointments are scheduled directly with providers once a match is made and insurance benefits are verified.

    The last step to prepare for your appointment is mainly paperwork—mostly insurance and health records forms—which is necessary to make sure everything is in order before your appointment. We try to make this part as clear and simple as possible.

    What to Complete in Advance of Your First Appointment

    • Complete forms through your portal
    • Upload insurance cards and photo ID
    • Complete the credit card authorization form

    If you have more questions, feel free to call/text us at 612-979-2276 or email

  • What To Bring
    • Completed forms
    • Government-issued ID
    • Insurance card(s)
  • At Your Appointment

    At your first appointment we’ll begin with what you’ve come to address. You’ll have a chance to explain any present concerns. Your therapist will likely help you name each issue and help you begin to articulate your unique narrative.

    Your provider will ask questions to better understand your story. Is the current issue isolated, reflective of events in your life right now? Or, is there a pattern of recurrent issues, nagging feelings, self-destructive behavior and strained relationships? Your therapist also may use such diagnostic instruments as depression, anxiety or eating disorder inventories.

    This is also your chance to ask questions. Expect your therapist to give clear, straight-forward answers.

  • Moving Forward

    The first session is also the beginning of the therapeutic alliance that is central to LynLake’s relational approach. You and your therapist are setting initial treatment goals. You’re getting a sense of whether those goals can be accomplished in the short or longer term.

    You’re also getting a sense of each other. Forging a strong working relationship takes longer than a single session, of course, but the hope is that, by session’s end, both you and your psychotherapist sense the foundation of a therapeutic alliance.

    Subsequent sessions last either 45 or 53 minutes, depending on your need, preference and on what duration your insurance will cover.

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Request an Appointment

We’ll work with you every step of the way to make your experience as clear and welcoming as possible. If you’re ready to start the next chapter of your journey, you can request to get connected to our Referrals Team now.

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