My First Counselling Session
Counselling involves meeting with a therapist on a regular basis to talk about feelings and experiences which may be causing difficulty or distress. Sessions are usually weekly and last approximately one hour. You can focus on any aspect of your life that you feel the need to change or explore. Some people can feel a little uncertain before their first counselling session. They may be unsure of what to expect or what they may be asked. I believe a first counselling session is an opportunity to get to know each other and to decide if we would like to work together. As a therapist I also like to reach an understanding of what you would like to gain from the counselling process.
Why Talk to a Counsellor?
When we are experiencing challenges in our lives our family and friends can often be a valuable source of support and guidance. However, it can sometimes be difficult to talk to those closest to us about private or painful issues. At times like these we may benefit from sharing our experiences with someone who is impartial and non-judgmental, such as a counsellor. Counsellors are trained to listen and provide support and can also help their clients develop the coping skills they need to deal with the challenges they are facing.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
I generally make an initial agreement to meet with a client for 6 - 10 sessions. However, each person has their own unique experiences and needs. Because of this there are no set amount of sessions that are recommended. Some people may find that a few sessions are helpful while others feel the need for more long term counselling support.