Counseling is a different experience for everyone, but the first session may surprise you. Hopefully it will feel more natural than what you expect, as the overall goal is to build rapport, and to start establishing counseling goals to help guide future sessions. This will be a good time to get to know one another, and start establishing some trust.

What happens during the course of the client’s counseling experience may differ over time based on progress, additional stressors, and life changes.