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First Steps in Therapy: Navigating Your Initial Session



Embarking on the journey of therapy can be both exciting and daunting. You've taken the courageous step of seeking support for your mental health and well-being. You have found a counsellor or therapist you want to speak to and now you're faced with the prospect of navigating your first therapy session. At Orchard Counselling, we understand that starting counselling and therapy can feel overwhelming, which is why we're here to guide you through the process and ensure that your initial session is as smooth and comfortable as possible.


In this article we will look at how to prepare for your first session, what to expect and some practical tips to make your first experience a positive one. So let's dive right in! 


Preparing for Your Initial Counselling Session


Before your first therapy session, it's natural to feel a mix of emotions, including nervousness, anticipation, and perhaps even a little apprehension. Rest assured, these feelings are completely normal, and experienced counsellors and therapists understand that and are here to support you.


To help ease any pre-session jitters, it can be helpful to take some time to reflect on what you hope to gain from therapy and what specific goals or challenges you'd like to address. Consider jotting down some notes or thoughts to bring with you to your session, as this can help guide the conversation and ensure that you make the most of your time with your therapist.


What to Expect During Your Initial Session


Your first counselling or therapy session is an opportunity for you and your therapist to get to know each other, establish a rapport, and begin to explore the issues or concerns that have led you to seek therapy. It's a chance for you to share your story and for your therapist to listen attentively, without judgement or expectation.


During your initial session, your therapist may ask you some questions to help better understand your background, current circumstances, and what brings you to therapy. They may also inquire about your goals for therapy and what you hope to achieve through the process. Remember, therapy is a collaborative journey, and your therapist is there to support you in achieving your goals.


It's important to approach your first session with an open mind and a willingness to engage in the therapeutic process. While it's natural to feel apprehensive about opening up to a stranger, rest assured that our counsellors at Orchard Counselling are professionals who are dedicated to creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.


Practical Tips for Your Initial Counselling Session


  • Arrive a few minutes early to your appointment to allow time to settle in and complete any necessary paperwork.

  • Dress comfortably and if you are having your session online choose a quiet, private space where you feel comfortable and at ease.

  • Be honest and open with your counsellor, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Trust is an essential component of the therapeutic relationship, and your counsellor is there to support you without judgement.

  • Take note of any questions or concerns you have before your session and don't hesitate to bring them up with your therapist.

  • Remember that counselling is a process, and it may take time to see progress. Be patient with yourself and trust in the therapeutic journey.

Orchard Counselling: Affordable Support When You Need It Most


At Orchard Counselling, we believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health support, regardless of their financial circumstances. That's why we offer affordable online and in-person counselling services tailored to your individual needs.


Our fee structure is based on income, ensuring that our services are accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Whether you're struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or any other mental health concern, our team of experienced therapists are here to help.


Take the first step towards better mental health today and discover the difference that affordable counselling can make in your life. Contact Orchard Counselling to book your initial session and embark on the journey towards healing and growth. We're here to support you every step of the way.


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