Recognising that you need help and taking that first step to look for a therapist and book the initial session is a major step, never to be underestimated.
You may have already gone through the process of choosing a therapist that you feel might be the right one for you.
(If you have not chosen a therapist or not sure how to choose a right therapist for you, here is a link to my blog The Top 3 Things To Consider When Choosing A Therapist. http://www.clearskytherapy.co.uk/blogs/the-top-3-things-to-consider-when-choosing-a-therapist)
Now, you must be wondering about what to expect from your first session.
Below I have listed 5 Things To Expect From Your First Counselling Session.
1 Expect to feel anxious:
It is very natural to feel anxious, as you may not know what will happen in your first session. You may even wonder what will be expected of you. Anxiety may arise around finding the location and getting there on time; all of this is normal and can be part of your initial anxiety. I would advise you try and relax if you can (look for some relaxation techniques or ask a trusted friend). The therapist will be there to guide you. In order to do this initially, they will ask for the information in order to assess your need and establish how they are going to help you.
2 Gauging Rapport:
This initial session is an important session to see:
3 Check out the environment:
When you meet the therapist for the first time, check out the surrounds, inside and outside the therapy room. Think about how it feels to be there. Consider how you felt on your way to your session. Check out the room and see if it feels welcoming and calming to you. Ask yourself: Do I feel comfortable being here? If you do, it will help you to talk to the therapist and get the most out of your session.
This initial session is for the therapist to assess your needs and difficulties. It may involve talking about the framework; meaning they may explain how they work and what is expected of you. Though, do not forget the sessions are your space and time for you to talk about what you want/need to. You may be asked to fill out a form and perhaps sign an agreement. You will be given an explanation about confidentiality and the cancellation policy.
This session may be used to talk about your background, your past experiences and you may be asked what it is that you wish to get out of these sessions.
You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
5 You are in charge:
From the moment you recognised that you are not able to cope and/ or manage your present situation; when you started to feel that you would benefit from seeking help, to your first initial consultation, remember YOU are in charge of this decision.
Whether you wish to express in your first or future sessions that this is not the right time for you or the right therapist for you, you will not be forced to make a decision there and then or to book further sessions. Remember you can agree to continue OR to take time to think and then get back to them.
Therapy is about exploring your thoughts and feelings around what is happening to you. It is always a two-way process. A therapist is there to guide you, empower you and support you. It is up to you as to how much you are able to be open and what you want to talk about. But what I will say is the more you do the more you will benefit from it.
Remember, therapists do not have a magic wand to take away your troubles, but they will be there to support you through your journey and see you through your difficult times.
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