It's different for everyone
Thinking about attending counselling for the first time can bring up a lot of different feelings: it may feel exciting, intimidating, confusing or a mix of all these and more.
A situation in which you are talking to a person you have never met before, in a place you have never been before, about things that you may not talk to many (or indeed any) other people about is going to pull up different emotions for different people. Sometimes people will worry that their psychologist is going to listen to them tell their story and then respond with the feedback that they are fundamentally broken and beyond help. Others will worry that their psychologist will dismiss their concerns as minor and not worth the psychologist’s time. Some people may be very excited about coming in and getting to talk about what has been on their mind. Some may worry that they will break down when they start talking about their difficulties and won’t be able to put themselves back together, and some may be concerned that because they are not exactly sure what is going on then this is a negative sign.
These feelings are understandable and are a very natural reaction to such a new situation. We aim to ensure that each client feels heard and that they come away from sessions feeling that they understand more about the issue that may be occurring, as well as feeling that progress can be made through engagement with the service.