What is your reaction to reading the title of this blog post?

Intrigue? Fear? Relief?

Maybe you have never been to a therapist but are thinking about booking a session. Or, maybe you have seen a counsellor before but it didn’t go well. Perhaps you had a positive and meaningful experience as a client and are thinking about seeing someone again.

There is a whole range of possible responses and I’m here to tell you that it’s completely normal to feel some (or a lot of!) anxiety about the first session.

After all, talking about your life with a stranger isn’t exactly the same as getting your teeth cleaned. It’s a risk, but it’s worth it 🙂

So what exactly happens in that first appointment, you ask? Basically, it’s a chance for us to talk about what has been going on for you and for me to get a sense of what you would like to change. I will ask you about your goals, and if time permits, we might talk about different approaches that could be helpful. My approach is very much collaborative. That is, I believe therapy works best when we both work together.

Something to know is that I welcome questions!

You are always feel free to ask about things like what you are experiencing, what to expect in therapy, or what my approach looks like.

Two more things:
1) You are in charge of your story. If I ask you something and you feel uncomfortable talking about it, let me know!

2) If something bothers you about the session, I really do welcome feedback. I want to know if something doesn’t seem quite right. I want to know if you think I was missing the point or off topic, or if something I do or say annoys you. In fact, I’m so committed to making therapy work for you, that if you don’t feel like it’s a good client-counsellor “fit,” I’m happy to recommend other therapists that might be a better fit.

Still unsure about booking that first appointment? Right now new clients receive a discount of 50% off the first session ($42.50). If you have been thinking about seeing a counsellor but have yet to take the step of booking that appointment, I encourage you to contact me or book online.

I look forward to meeting you.

-Shanna

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