What to expect from counselling
If you have decided to try counselling, you may be feeling anxious about your first session. Knowing what to expect from a counselling session should help you feel more prepared and less nervous about your first appointment.
In your first session, it is likely that your counsellor will ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what’s worrying you and the way your thought processes work. All of the information obtained here will be used to help you in future sessions.
The Counselling Process
Counselling often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start with and, initially, you may feel worse. This process is necessary to move forward and in time, you should start to feel better.
To get the most from your counselling sessions you should commit to attending regularly as much as possible. Some sessions will feel more helpful than others, but it is important to realise that everything your counsellor is doing is designed to help you in the long run, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the beginning.
It is also worth remembering that counselling is not a quick fix and that your counsellor will not be able to tell you what to do but is there to try and help you towards finding your solutions and coping strategies. The counselling process requires a strong relationship between you and your counsellor and a degree of effort and commitment on your part – together these two elements create a successful method to help you resolve your issues.