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Your first session: What to expect

Updated: Apr 21

By: Deborah Danner, Ph.D.(c), LCPC, CADC, NCC

Q: What is counseling?

A: Counseling is a process where a licensed professional helps you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a safe and confidential environment. It can help you address a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more.

Q: What can I expect during a counseling session?

A: During a counseling session, your therapist will work with you to identify your goals and develop a plan to help you achieve them. You'll learn new coping skills and strategies to manage your emotions and behaviors. Sessions are usually 50-60 minutes long and can be conducted in-person or via video conferencing.

Q: How long does counseling treatment take?

A: The length of counseling treatment depends on your individual needs and goals. Some people find that they benefit from just a few sessions, while others may need longer-term support. Your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.

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