Counselling or Therapy is designed to be a supportive process that assists people to deal with problems and issues.
The First Counselling Session
In the first session your counsellor/therapist will ask why you are coming and what you hope to gain from counselling. He or she will ask about you, your background and the issues that are concerning you.
These questions help the counsellor understand what is going on for you and how best to respond. In subsequent sessions they will work with you to achieve the changes you are seeking.
The most important thing is for you to feel comfortable and don’t hesitate to ask questions about the therapy process. You can also ask the therapist to repeat anything you don’t understand.
Read our information on how to choose a counsellor/therapist.
The therapeutic relationship
For counselling/therapy to be successful you need to be working with a practitioner who knows how to establish and maintain a safe therapeutic relationship.
If you feel uncomfortable in their room for whatever reason, it is ideal if you can talk to them about it. Or write, text or email them. If this feels too hard then try someone else. If you have significant concerns, speak with your GP.
The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is distinctly different from that of friend, parent or romantic partner. If it doesn’t feel right, you need to do something about it.
As Practitioners, we are each bound by the Code of Ethics of our own profession. As members of the Adelaide Trauma Centre we also stand by our own Ethical Standards.