What Will it Feel Like?

You might feel nervous about your first appointment. You might also find it hard to talk about how things are for you or how you are really feeling at first. This is completely normal and the counsellor will understand and will try to make you feel comfortable about talking.

Will anyone know what I’ve talked about in counselling?

Counsellors aren’t allowed to talk about what people tell them during counselling sessions as it is private and confidential. The only times when this would change are; when you give your permission for something to be shared with someone else, or if the counsellor is worried about your safety or the safety of someone else you have mentioned (a family member or friend for example).

What happens at the first meeting?

The first meeting with the counsellor is called an assessment session. The counsellor will take some details about how things are for you and what is causing you difficulty in your life. You will be able to ask any questions you have about the counselling too. You and the counsellor can then work out if counselling would be helpful and how you might work together.

At the end of your assessment session you can decide if you think counselling will be helpful and if you would like to go ahead, but there is no obligation if you don’t feel it’s right for you.