How to prepare for your appointment

There are several things you can do to prepare for your first session. It may be helpful to write a brief outline of why you are seeking treatment, recording both your emotional and physical symptoms, as well as any questions you have about therapeutic approaches or options for treatment.

The following information helps a therapist complete an initial assessment of your situation, and provides a brief outline of what your first appointment with a counselor might include:

  • Why you sought therapy
  • Your personal history, including family psychiatric history
  • Your current symptoms

Your level of participation in a counseling session will play a large part in the potential success of your treatment plan. Be honest about any concerns you have about your counselling process in order to receive the most value from your experience.