When seeking the professional support of a counsellor or psychotherapist, there are a number of things to take into account to ensure that suitable help can be provided.
It is worth taking time to consider the various options and types of therapeutic support available.
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You may be feeling anxious about visiting a counsellor or psychotherapist for the first time. It can be helpful, therefore, to have some idea about what to expect.
The first meeting with your counsellor may be referred to as an ‘initial assessment’. You may be asked questions during this time to gain an understanding of the reasons why you are seeking support and what you hope to gain through the counselling.
It can be helpful to remember that this is also your opportunity to assess whether you have chosen the right person to meet your needs so be prepared to be able to ask questions to ensure you are confident of a good match.
The following are some of the things you might expect or questions you might be asked when meeting the counsellor and starting your course of counselling or therapy.
1) What caused you to seek counselling?
2) Have you had counselling before? What are your expectations?
3) What is the problem or issues that you would like to explore?
4) What are the symptoms and/or history of the problem or issues you want to discuss?
5) What do you hope to gain from counselling?
6) Do you have any questions for your counsellor?
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