The purpose of meeting with a counsellor is to get help with problems in your life that are bothering you or that are keeping you from being successful in important areas of your life. I will ask questions, listen to you, give questionnaires and suggest a plan for improving these problems. It is important that you feel comfortable talking to me about the issues that are bothering you.
Our first sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. The first sessions include having your detailed perspective of the issue at hand, a detailed picture of your family history and understanding what you would hope to achieve through counselling. This usually takes about one to two sessions. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include if you decide to continue with counselling, such as our goals, the methods we will use, the time commitment and the tasks involved.
An important part of counselling will be practicing new skills that you will learn in our sessions. I will ask you to practice them outside of our meetings, and we will work together to set up tasks for you. For example, I might ask you to keep records, read, or practice relaxation techniques outside of session time to deepen your learning.