When you decide to seek help through counselling, it's natural to have questions about what to expect during your sessions. Taking that first step towards improving your mental wellbeing is commendable, and knowing what awaits you can ease any anxieties you may have.
In this article, we'll explore what typically happens during a counselling session, so you can approach your journey to better mental health with confidence.
1. Initial Contact and Assessment:
The process usually begins with an initial contact, where you reach out to me. During this stage, we will have a brief conversation and fill out paperwork to provide some background information. I may also conduct an initial assessment to understand your concerns, goals, and preferences.
2. Building Rapport:
One of the essential aspects of counselling is building a strong therapeutic relationship. In your first few sessions, you can expect me to work on establishing trust and rapport with you. This is crucial for creating a safe and nonjudgmental environment in which you can openly discuss your thoughts and feelings.
3. Goal Setting:
Together, we will identify specific goals for your counselling journey. These goals will guide the focus of your sessions and help track your progress. Be open and honest about what you hope to achieve – I am here to support you.
4. Open and Confidential Conversations:
Counselling sessions are all about open and confidential conversations. You'll have the opportunity to express your thoughts, feelings, and concerns without fear of judgment. I will listen attentively, ask questions, and offer insights as needed to help you gain clarity and perspective.
5. Therapeutic Techniques:
Depending on your goals, various therapeutic techniques may be used. These can include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, talk therapy, and many others. We will choose techniques that align with your unique needs.
6. Homework and Self-Reflection:
In some cases, I may suggest homework assignments or self-reflection exercises to do between sessions. These activities can help reinforce what we've discussed during your sessions and facilitate personal growth and change.
7. Progress and Adjustments:
Counselling is a dynamic process. As you continue your sessions, we'll periodically review your progress. If necessary, adjustments to your goals or treatment plan can be made to ensure you're getting the most out of your counseling experience.
8. Closure and Follow-Up:
When you and me, as your psychologist, believe you have achieved your counselling goals, we'll work together to bring your sessions to a close. This closure can involve discussing strategies for maintaining your progress and coping with future challenges. In some cases, you may choose to continue counselling for ongoing support.
Counselling is a collaborative and goal-oriented process.
Confidentiality and a strong therapeutic relationship are paramount.
Various therapeutic techniques may be employed.
Progress is monitored, and adjustments are made as needed.
Closure and follow-up plans are tailored to your needs.
Remember that everyone's counselling journey is unique, and the process may vary depending on your specific needs. The most important thing to expect is a supportive and nonjudgmental space where you can work towards better mental and emotional wellbeing.
I am here to guide and support you on your path to a healthier, happier you.