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Never had counselling before?
Here's the run down of what you can expect.

Mental health counselling can be an intimidating and unfamiliar experience for someone who has never attended counselling before. However, it is important to understand that seeking help from a mental health professional is a brave and responsible step towards improving your overall wellbeing.

If you are considering attending mental health counselling, it may be helpful to understand what to expect during your first session and
subsequent sessions.

First Session:

During your first session, your therapist will likely ask you several questions to get to know you and understand your reasons for seeking counselling. This initial session is often used to gather information about your medical history, family history, your lifestyle, and any current concerns or
challenges you may be experiencing. This background information gives your therapist insight into support systems, what your life looks like, and what you’re there to talk about. Do note that it’s up to you to decide what you want to share with your therapist. If you aren’t comfortable answering a question you can just let them know (and no, they aren’t going to ask you to spill your deepest darkest secrets on the first session). Your therapist may also ask about your goals for therapy and what you hope to achieve. Counselling is a collaborative process where you work with your therapist to improve your wellbeing. 

It is important to remember that your therapist is not there to judge you or your experiences, but rather to help you navigate your emotions
and provide support. You can expect your therapist to be attentive, compassionate, and professional.

Subsequent Sessions:

After your first session, subsequent sessions will typically involve more focused discussions and goal-oriented treatment. Your therapist
will likely provide you with strategies and coping mechanisms to help you manage your emotions and improve your mental health. They may also suggest exercises, journaling, or other activities to help you work through your challenges.

It is important to understand that mental health counselling is a process, and progress may not be immediate. Your therapist may suggest several sessions over a period of time to ensure that you are receiving the support you need, however it’s up to you to decide how often you want to attend counselling. Some people are satisfied after one session, some want weekly sessions, and some need a couple sessions a week. There’s no single approach for everyone, so you can expect your therapist to work with you to find the right fit for you. 

It is also important to remember that mental health counselling is confidential. Your therapist is bound by professional ethics to keep your information private and confidential unless they need to share information as required by law or if you give them your clear consent. 

Counselling is a very personal experience and sometimes we don’t click with the first therapist we meet with. You’ve met many people in your life, some people you feel more comfortable with and work better with, it can be the same with counselling. We want you to find someone you feel comfortable being open with, as sharing your struggles and thoughts is how you start to work through them. 



Attending mental health counselling can be an intimidating and unfamiliar experience, but it is important to remember that you are taking
a brave step towards improving your mental health and overall wellbeing. Understanding what to expect during your first session and subsequent sessions can help you prepare and feel more comfortable. Remember to be open and honest with your therapist and to trust the process. With the help of a mental health professional, you can work towards a happier, healthier life.

You can review our Therapist Directory to read about the therapists with My Student Wellbeing. Some of our therapists offer free 10 minute consultation calls (think of it like a meet and greet) where you can get to know the therapist and decide if you feel comfortable with them.