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FIRST TIME TO COUNSELLING?

It is normal for people who have not tried counselling before to wonder what it will be like. Common questions people ask themselves can include: What will I talk about? How will it help me? Will I be asked lots of questions? Will I have to talk about feelings? Will I have to talk about my childhood?

At Blake Anderson Counselling & Therapy many of your questions will be answered in our first session. Everything you discuss with me is held in strict confidentiality.

  • Most clients report that the first session was not as difficult or intense as they imagined it would be.
  • The first session is an opportunity for you to tell the counsellor a bit about what has been happening, and for the counsellor to help you work out more effective ways to manage what is happening.
  • In the first session, the focus is on understanding what needs changing, and working out together how to change that. We begin with what has been going on recently and what is on your mind in that moment. It is also an opportunity for you to decide if the counsellor is someone you can trust and want to work with.
  • During the first session it is not a matter of the counsellor asking you a lot of questions but rather an exploration of what you are struggling with and what you would like to change. Often people establish goals during the session and this gives them something to work toward and reassurance that change is possible.
  • At the end of the first session the counsellor will provide an opinion as to how counselling can help you, and what needs to be addressed in order to achieve the goals that were decided on in the session.