Your First Counseling Session

Your First Counseling Session


If you've never been to therapy, you might be a little curious how it works and whether it's right for you. This two-part article outlines some of the more common questions.

There are many reasons people choose to go to counseling. The way I feel about it, it's like education, it's an investment in yourself. No matter what age you begin there are ways you can benefit. And, like education, the more you commit to the process the better your results.

Educating yourself as you embark upon your first counseling session better prepares you not only for what to expect but how you might be an active participant in your own growth.

In counseling, your first session might be the hardest...
After that, it's a piece of cake!

Okay, okay...I might be stretchin it a bit.

Seriously, I want you to be an savvy, informed customer for counseling services. Take your time to feel your way around, but note that your first counseling session is like the first day of school - you feel anxious, excited, fearful, hopeful, happy, sad, a whole range of emotions.

To understand why clients get stuck in their therapy, watch this movie for sure-fire ways to stay on track:


Open the links below to prepare for your first counseling session.

How do I decide if I need counseling?

Do I have to have a "nervous breakdown" to go to counseling?

Why would I pay someone to talk about my feelings? Wouldn't a friend do?

How do I find a therapist?

How much does counseling usually cost?

How long is a typical session?

Can I expect a free half-hour session?

What is the difference between short-term and long-term counseling?

I don't know much about counseling. What can I expect?

I've never been to counseling. Am I just supposed to talk about myself?

What kinds of questions can I ask of my therapist?

How do I tell whether I have a good therapist?

How do I address my therapist?

When I go to counseling am I a "patient" or a "client"?

How often should I go to counseling?

Do I have to relive everything from my past?

Do I need a note from my doctor to get a referral?

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Counseling Issues (why folks go to therapy)