What happens when I go for counselling?

At MOVING MINDSETS Psychology Clinic you will be asked to fill out a client intake form, which asks you basic details like your name and address. Your therapist will come and meet you in the reception room and walk with you to their room.

The first thing that you will notice is you might be nervous. This happens to most people mainly because you are about to talk personally with someone you do not know. Please do not worry too much about your initial nerves, once in the session most people start to relax quickly but if you are anxious let your therapist know so they can help you feel at ease.

Counselling sessions can range from 30 minutes to 120 minutes but on average most sessions are 45-60 minutes. Times for psychological testing or assessments can vary and your therapist will discuss this with you if needed.

Your first appointment will focus on getting to know each other and talking about why you have come for counselling. A general treatment plan should be discussed as well as information about confidentiality, contact and clinic practices. This is also a chance to ask any questions you may have about counselling.

Your therapist should give you an outline of how many sessions you may need, what type of treatment or therapy may be involved and how often you might need to meet. Sometimes these initial treatment plans will change according to your needs, the reason you are attending counselling and the therapist training and approach will determine the type of counselling you experience.

You may be given worksheets or activities to do out of the sessions. Sometimes your therapist may recommend books or articles that might support your treatment.

At the end of the session another appointment will be made (if needed) and you may pay for the service.

Counselling can be emotionally exhausting at times so always plan a relaxing day (as much as you can) after seeing your therapist and reward yourself for working hard!