What usually happens during a client’s first counseling appointment?

A new client typically comes fifteen minutes early to the first appointment to fill out paperwork. In the first session, the client tells the counselor what brings him/her to therapy at this time and what goals he/she has for therapy. During the initial sessions, the counselor will want to gain an understanding of how a client’s life story pertains to their current circumstances. Together the client and the counselor develop a plan to address the client’s needs.