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Your First Visit

Beginning any new endeavor can be a challenge. We strive to make your first visit as helpful and free of anxiety as possible. Read below to find out how to begin.

Step 1: Book a Session

To book an initial session, please click the link here to fill out our appointment request. After we receive your request, we will call you for a brief screening before matching you with a counselor.  Your counselor will contact you to schedule a time, date, and room number for your first counseling session.

If you need to cancel or reschedule for any reason, please do so as soon as possible. You may contact your counselor directly, or email the CTC staff at ctc@utk.edu. 

Step 2: Your First Session

Your first session will last around one hour. During that time, your counselor will provide you with information about the counseling process, address any questions or concerns about counseling, review your questionnaire, and help you explore how counseling may be helpful for you.

Step 3: Ongoing Sessions

You will schedule additional sessions directly with your counselor. There is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to duration, frequency, or total number of counseling sessions. Given that, most counselor–client pairs choose to meet once a week for approximately 45–55 minutes for as long as it is beneficial to the client.