If you are thinking of counseling—or someone has suggested it to you—you might be wondering what it will be like.
The first session is really about information gathering. You meet with the counselor and talk about why you’re there. You get to “paint the picture” so the counselor can come to an understanding of what the issues are. You also get to use this time to ask the counselor questions you may have about the process or about the counselor.
The next few sessions are about teaching you new ways of thinking and acting. How long will it take? That really depends on you, because you get out of this what you put into it. Counseling typically consists of about 4 to 8 sessions, but that does vary depending on why you’re coming.
During the sessions, you will be listened to and supported. You will be treated with respect and dignity, and you will never be judged. We will talk about different ways to do things and healthier ways of thinking, but we won’t ever condemn the choices that you’ve made.
Throughout the sessions, we will use humor, story-telling, and examples. Life is tough enough without counseling being boring!