What to Expect in Your Counseling Session for Depression


Often times people are hesitant to seek help because they don’t know what to expect.

The fear of the unknown can sometimes be the deciding factor in whether a person seeks counseling for depression.

The First Session

Your first counseling session will be different from all other sessions. The initial visit is time for you and your counselor to get to comfortable with each other. The first session will give the both of you an idea where to proceed. Your counselor may ask you questions such as:

  • Why did you seek counseling?
  • Do you have a history of depression?
  • What kind of symptoms are you experiencing?

Remember, these are all questions that your counselor will use to better understand your situation. But counseling is only as effective as the effort you put in. In order to enhance your session and find it useful in treating depression, you need to be active.

How to Get the Most out of Counseling

  • Be open. While therapists and counselors are trained to ask questions, they can perform their job more effectively if you answer questions openly and honestly. Be honest about your reactions and feelings.
  • Be prepared. Before your actual session, it is helpful to know how to describe what is wrong and how you are feeling. Writing down reasons why you seek help may be useful.
  • Ask questions. To ease any nerves or confusion you may have, ask your counselor questions. Understanding the counseling process and how counseling works can make you feel more comfortable and may allow you to be more open. Ask your counselor to repeat or clarify anything you don’t understand.

It is important to go into your first counseling session remembering that this is a process and to keep an open mind to the value of counseling.

Source: Psychcentral


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