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Any ideas about what may happen? - July 19th 2012, 12:08 AM

My mom's taking me to see a counselor because i told her about my SH (not that i'm mad about it, i told her voluntarily). I was just curious, does anybody know what kind of things she/he might ask me to discuss or talk about, and things of that nature. I just want to prepare myself a little.
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Re: Any ideas about what may happen? - July 19th 2012, 12:25 AM

He/she might not ask you to talk about anything except yourself. Normally the first visit is to just get to know you better and you can ask them questions too.

The only reason I would see about asking about what you told your Mom is if she asks him/her to ask you about it.

It's actually pretty relaxing, you don't even have to talk about that. You can talk about anything, even about how you feel about your Mom wanting you to go see him/her.
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Re: Any ideas about what may happen? - July 19th 2012, 01:03 AM

Hi there,

Firstly, well done for reaching out to your mum. I know talking to people about this can be hard and I think its amazing that you did so. Im glad your mum is helping you get some help and support; you deserve it.

Counselling can be a very somewhat difficult experiences but it can bring so many positve changes in the long run. From my experience, the first session will probably be able getting them getting to know you and the situation (whats been going on, the problems .. ie the self harm, past experiences, the support you want etc). Some questions might be hard for you to answer but remember they are here to help you. The more you let them in, the more they will be able to support you and teach you healthy ways to cope with whats going on for you and your feelings. Do however, remember that you can take it in your own time. They'll understand this is hard for you and they won't push you into saying anything you don't want to say.

I hope this helps a little and I hope it goes well for you. Keep smiling.

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Re: Any ideas about what may happen? - July 19th 2012, 01:24 AM

Other than what you're coming in for, the first visit covers really general stuff like personal and contact information, personal and family history, details about the problem you're seeking help with and how much it bothers you, previous counseling experiences if you've had any and you're goals for counseling. They will also go over confidentiality and it's limits as well as their counseling approach and you can ask anything you want to know.

Most of this came from my counseling textbook.

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