At your first appointment, the therapist is likely going to ask you to talk about what's going on and why you're there. They're in fact-finding mode, and trying to determine a treatment program for you.
They will try to find the most appropriate level of treatment for you, and will be able to help direct you to the type of treatment you need. You'll probably leave your first appointment with a tentative diagnosis, which is necessary for your sessions to be covered.
Chemical dependency or substance abuse, eating disorders, and complex mental health illnesses often require focused treatment in the form of intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and sometimes residential treatment. Your primary care or any mental health provider can help direct you to appropriate care.
Here's a sampling of what your plan might cover:
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