What to Expect for your First Counselling Session
Updated: Aug 13, 2021
If it is your first time seeing a counsellor or therapist, I know it can be a little nerve wracking! You may be wondering, is this going to be awkward? What do I say? What kind of questions are they going to ask me? And the list goes on... So I decided to make a blog post about this topic so you know exactly what to expect!
In the first session (sometimes first two sessions) I am collecting your history (called an assessment). So I will be asking you A LOT of questions all about you, your background, your family, your childhood, your overall health, etc. to get to know you better, learn more about you and also make sure that I can help you. (If I can't help you, you are referred to another health care professional). Then we finish up with discussing your goals for therapy (my favorite part!) :) From there, I come up with a treatment plan for you so we can reach your goals in the coming sessions. Those sessions are called follow up sessions. You can feel free to bring up any pressing issue during those sessions that are a priority for you or we can simply work on the goals you have set. I end each session with a tool/technique you can try in between our sessions together.
I hope this helps to ease your mind about what to expect when seeing a therapist or counsellor for the first time! If you have any questions about the first session email me anytime! You can sign up for a free 15 minute phone consultation on my home page under “contact us“ or call 780-236-3313.