What to expect - the first session
The initial session provides a time for you to get acquainted with your counselor and discuss the reason you are seeking counseling. Information about your background will be gathered, and you will be given information about your rights as a client and about confidentiality. Sometimes an initial session is all that is required. Some issues are easily addressed, and in other cases, a referral to someone else who specializes in a particular area is appropriate. If you and the counselor decide to continue to work together, a plan will be developed and the goals of counseling will be defined. A follow-up appointment will be arranged at the close of the session.