Now you have made the decison to begin counselling/therapy, you have taken an important and positive step...but you will want to get 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 helpful, 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.