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What can I expect at my first visit?
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Many people are curious, if not trepidacious, about what they can expect for their first counselling session. Your first appointment with a therapist is primarily an information-gathering session. The therapist will want to know some background information and what type of symptoms you have been experiencing.
Be prepared to sign some paperwork regarding consent to treatment and confidentiality.
You will often create a list of goals for therapy. Goals are important because it tells the therapist what you want them to focus on in therapy.
You might cry. It is not uncommon for people to cry during the first session. The important thing is to not allow yourself to feel so embarrassed about crying that you don’t come back. Often seeing a therapist for the first time, tension is released and often manifests itself as tears.
You’ll probably feel good. For as much as people dread and avoid seeing a therapist, after they finally do, they usually feel really good about it.
Believe it or not, there are many people who see therapists their whole lives, not because they’re “crazy” and “have to”, but because they want to. It feels good to see a therapist, so some people make it a permanent part of their lives.