What happens in the first counselling session?
When you first come to counselling, you may feel a bit nervous or unsure. This is perfectly normal. The first session is all about getting to know each other. After a few practicalities (like filling in some paperwork and talking about fees and cancellation policies), I’ll ask you to tell me a little bit about yourself and what brings you to counselling. We will talk through your concerns and goals and I will let you know if I feel that I can be of help. You are also free to ask any questions you might have. One of the most important predictors of a successful outcome from counselling is a good relationship between the client and counsellor. So I encourage you to trust yourself about this. Do you feel comfortable with me? Did you feel that I understood your concerns? If so, chances are that the work we do will be meaningful and helpful.