Counselling is about being with someone who gives you the space to explore your experience in a fresh way. So it’s good to ask yourself if you feel comfortable and at ease with your counsellor. Your first impression is often a good guide.
When you start seeing your counsellor, ask yourself this ~
Will I feel safe enough to talk about my deeper thoughts, feelings, or dreams?
(Trust grows when you know you can rely on your counsellor.)
Maybe I simply need her to be accepting, open and listening.
Am I open to some challenges too?
Maybe her understanding and insight is important for me to feel supported.
What else might I want or need?
Later as a result of counselling ~
Changes may well develop in the way you think or behave. You may understand yourself better, and feel more able to manage difficult times.
There’s no absolute promise. Some days you may feel worse! Experiencing painful feelings is difficult, but can also be an important stage in your journey.
The journey you take with your counsellor will be unique. Perhaps the most difficult part is making the decision to start counselling.