Wellin5's Mental Checklist for Your First SessionLast Updated: September 24, 2020
The first appointment is for your counsellor to get as much information as possible. Most importantly, your first session is to help you get comfortable.
Remember to make sure your video camera and audio is clear and loud enough for you and your counsellor to hear.🔊💻📱
Here is a mental checklist our clinical team put together to help you prepare:
Taking a moment or two to check in with yourself and get clear on a few things can help ensure you’re in the best position for getting the most out of your sessions:
➡ Set an intention: What are you looking for?🤔
This provides direction for your sessions and also sets you up with a starting point to chart your progress along the way.
➡ Give yourself a break. Feeling awkward is fine.😅
Most people will experience a few awkward stumbling blocks or silences in their session - it’s all part of the journey. So never feel embarrassed if you’re feeling uncomfortable. Your counsellor will understand how it feels to be on the other side with having new clients all the time.
➡ Keep an open mind and be honest.💕
Most of us spend our days living in our head and not our feelings. This makes it harder for anyone to open up and be honest about their feelings. Especially when you are meeting a counsellor for the first time. But try to stick with it as much as you can. Being open to explore the uncomfortable bits is often where the most progress is made.
➡Take mental notes for yourself.📝
Remember this is for you. A first session is a first session - more than anything, a chance for you both to get to know each other better. If you do not feel like you had a connection with your counsellor that is okay. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right match. So ask yourself, did you feel comfortable opening up to them? Did they express things to you clearly in a way that made sense to you? Did you feel like you can come back again? If you do not feel a connection, please contact us regarding any questions or concerns about your current counsellor at email@example.com
We always want our clients to feel safe and secure. 😊