Process & Getting Started

What can you Expect

When preparing for your first counseling session it’s normal to feel a little nervous. In order to help you feel more at ease and to obtain better results we will describe some of what you can expect. In general, your first session will allow you and your counselor to meet and get to know more about each other. It will provide you the opportunity to determine if the relationship is a “good fit” and if your counselor is best suited to meet your specific needs. You will learn more as you read about the counseling process below.

The Counseling Process

During your first session, your counselor will ask relevant questions about you and your life. Some of the questions may include why you are seeking therapy, information about your personal history and current situation, and the symptoms you are experiencing, such as trouble sleeping, feeling sad or angry and/or having difficulty communicating with your spouse. Your counselor will use this information to develop a better understanding of your problem. He will share his initial impressions as well as preliminary recommendations for moving forward toward healing and/or resolution.

Counseling is a cooperative effort. Taking an active role in the session will help you gain much more from the experience. During your session we encourage you to share openly and honestly about your needs. Prior to your session, practice describing “what’s wrong” and how you are feeling about the problem. It can also be helpful to write down the reasons for seeking help. Feel free to ask questions or for your counselor to repeat anything you may not understand. It’s also important to share the thoughts and feelings going through your mind during your first session. This helps both you and your counselor gain important insights. Many patients write notes during their sessions.

Do your best to come to your first session with realistic expectations. Counseling is rarely, if ever, a quick fix for your problem; rather it is a process. By working together with your counselor, a strong relationship can be established and positive results achieved. Through counseling many individuals and couples gain better understanding of themselves and their relationships and learn how to make better decisions, communicate more effectively and manage and cope with emotions more consistently. We respect your decision to participate in the counseling process and look forward to being a part of your personal growth and success.

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Getting Started

Welcome to Relational Advantage, Inc. We value your confidence and look forward to meeting you!

NEW PATIENT INFORMATION: New patient forms are available in the box to the left. You can now email your forms or download and complete them by hand and bring them with you to your first appointment. If you have any technical difficulty or additional questions please contact our office at 520-219-8377.

OFFICE LOCATION: Our address is 7355 N. Oracle Road, Suite 106, Tucson, Arizona, 85704. We are in the Family Life Communications building on the west side of Oracle Road, just north of Ina Road.

INSURANCE: Dr. Linaman is not contracted with any insurance company as an in-network provider. However, patients sometimes have benefits for out-of-network providers. If you desire to submit a claim with your insurance carrier we can provide you with the proper documentation.  We recommend you call the Member Services number on the back of your insurance card to determine your out-of-network benefits for outpatient behavioral health services. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) you can use it to cover Dr. Linaman’s counseling services.

PAYMENT: Fees are payable at the time of service. We accept cash (correct change, please), personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Health Savings Account (HSA) cards.

For more information about RAI’s professional counseling services, call us at (520) 219-8377 or send an e-mail to

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