|What should you tell a counselor?
|If you have seen a therapist in
the past, it is in your best
interests to say so. You know
what helped and what did not.
|Tell the counselor if you have
concerns about a particular
aspect of the therapy.
|Tell the counselor
if you are taking
|If you feel that you may harm yourself (or
another), tell your counselor immediately
— don’t wait until the end of the session.
|If you don't think
the therapy is
helping, say so.
|If you believe you
are in danger, tell
|If the counselor makes a suggestion,
remember that it is just that, a suggestion.
You are still responsible for your
decisions and actions.
|Your counselor doesn’t expect you to be 100% honest 100% of the time. Fear of rejection,
embarrassment, guilt, a desire to look good, all factor into what you disclose. Honesty will
come more naturally when you begin to feel more confident in this setting.
|Discuss the frequency of sessions with
your counselor. Sessions more than two
weeks apart tend to lose continuity.