Making the decision to start counseling is significant, and it is perfectly normal to be nervous about the first meeting. One of the signs of a great therapeutic relationship is that you feel that initial “click” during the first few sessions with your therapist, and from that positive beginning you form a trusting and emotionally safe relationship.
Part of the goal of our first meeting is to get to know each other to see if we will make a good team. You are in charge of deciding if our partnership is what you are looking for, and we will talk openly about how you feel about the process. During that first session I will ask you a lot of questions and I will do a lot of listening. The intent of the first meeting is to identify why you are seeking counseling and to learn some of the background story of your life. The first few sessions are significant because I am learning about your history and I am learning what motivates you and what you value.
At the end of our first session, we will talk about how you feel and if you want to schedule more appointments. Assuming all goes well, we will set goals for our next meeting and talk about how frequently we need to meet.