What Happens In Your First Counselling Session: A Journey Towards Self-Discovery and Healing

Hello there,

I’m so glad you’re here! You might be wondering what happens in your first counselling session.

Taking that first step to seek counselling can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not in a good place, or struggling with anxiety. As a person-centred counsellor who loves working with individuals like you, I want to give you a glimpse into what happens during your very first counselling session. And even before that takes place! Rest assured, it’s all about creating a comfortable and supportive space for your journey towards self-discovery and healing.

Step 1 – The Initial Contact:

Our journey begins with a simple phone call. You can reach out to me for a free initial chat, where we can discuss your concerns and decide if counselling is the right path for you. Or you can fill in the contact form here on the website, and I’ll call you. Whether you prefer face-to-face sessions or online meetings, we’ll make sure to choose the option that suits you best. This initial call is also a chance for you to find out if you get on with me, and think I’m a good fit for you or not. 

Step 2 – The Paperwork:

After our initial chat, I’ll send you all the necessary details regarding what happens in your first counselling session. You’ll have the location for face-to-face sessions, or a link for a video call as well as a digital copy of the counselling agreement. Don’t worry; I understand that signing documents can be a bit daunting. You have options! You can digitally sign the agreement using a PDF signer of your choice, or if you opt for a face-to-face session, I’ll bring a paper copy for you to sign during our first meeting.

File of paperwork open

Step 3 – The First Session: 

Now, let’s dive into your first session. We’ll begin by discussing what has led you to seek counselling and whether you’ve had any previous experiences with it. This is the time to share your expectations and any concerns you may have. Sometimes, we might use simple questions or paper assessments to gain a clearer understanding of where you currently stand in your journey.

Step 4 – Conversation and Planning:

If time permits, we’ll engage in a meaningful conversation about your experiences and emotions. Together, we’ll develop a plan for the next steps in your counselling journey. It’s important to remember that this process is entirely personalized to your needs and pace. We’ll also schedule your next session to keep the momentum going.

Step 5 – Building the Relationship:

As we move forward, we’ll continue to build a strong and trusting relationship. Counselling is a collaborative effort, and your comfort and well-being are my top priorities. Over the next few sessions, at your pace – we’ll delve deeper into your concerns, work through challenges, and explore ways to help you thrive.

Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. Whether you’re a people pleaser trying to find your voice or someone grappling with anxiety, I’m here to support you every step of the way. Your counselling sessions are a safe space for self-discovery, growth, and healing.

I’m truly looking forward to embarking on this transformative journey with you.

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If you have any questions or concerns before our first session, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until then, take care and be kind to yourself.

Warm regards, Hannah