People regularly find that their first session provides enormous relief, and you leave feeling in a better place than when you arrived.
In the initial session, I will explain the concepts of Counselling and Psychotherapy to you, and together we will explore the motivation behind your visit, taking time to get to know each other. As each person's experience is unique, this will vary between each person and may range from a simple discussion, to simple tests that will give us some guidance as to where to begin. While you may experience trepidation before your first session, the common experience is positive. The environment is calm and respectful, and you will not be put under any pressure, or encouraged to reveal what you are not ready to reveal. We will begin to establish a rapport that creates the environment for exploration, and for change. This will, on occasion, take more than one session, and assessment is revisited periodically to assist in efficient therapeutic outcomes. The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia offers some excellent tips on what to expect here. There are no obligations following your first session and you are free to book in more sessions at that time.