Now you have made the decision to begin counselling/therapy, you have taken an important and positive step...but you will want to the most from your sessions. Here are some tips to help you prepare.
Consider your past
Aspects from your life can be important. Try to consider how events may have affected you, and how you will describe them in session.
Why are you seeking help?
Think about your answer to this question.
You are putting your trust in me to be open, honest, and confidential...but I need to be able to trust you to be the same with me.
Write down, if you are comfortable doing so, any suggestions I may give to you...so that you do not forget them later, especially concerning future sessions.
Write down any thoughts or questions you may have between sessions, to ask me next time.
Act on any suggestions which I have made, you feel are helpfule, and anything we have discovered together in session.
Are you ready?
It is not always possible to have your surroundings perfect, but the better they are the better your counselling/therapy session will be for you.
It is best to start a diary/journal when you are young, then you are use to making regular entries, but you can start at any point in your life. It is not just simply to record what you have done, but how you feel, and your hopes and fears for the future. When it comes to mental health issues, a diary can often indicate specific patterns of behaviour a person engages in and certain aspects of their life which they are not consciously aware of.
It is my aim to help as much as possible, however since I can not guarantee to be available at the exact moment a person needs help I can not be classed as an emergency contact. If you are in crisis then please contact the Samaritans, your GP or health care professional, or the appropriate emergency service. CALL 111.
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