Usually people decide to see a counsellor or therapist when they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. It is often easier to talk to someone who is non-judgemental and independent of family or friends. Major life events and issues can have a huge impact on our day to day functioning and the added support might be enough to get you through. However you do not need to be in crisis to see a counsellor.
The first session after your assessment is a discussion of the issues you are bringing to counselling. Confidentiality will be discussed and explained in more detail and we will also talk about our contract with each other to arrange dates and times of sessions. There will also be a discussion on the number of sessions and we will agree that between us, at this point you can decide to continue or not.
Usually it takes a few sessions before therapy starts to make a difference and you should not expect instant results. You might find that you go through a period of feeling worse than you did at the beginning but this is not unusual and if you find that this is the case, talk to your therapist so that you can work through this in order to feel better in the long term.
Everyone is different, but counselling often brings improvements in your life such as being more relaxed, confident and in control of your own life. Having better relationships with the people around you and being in the right place to take up new opportunities. These are only a few benefits and you will find that what you get out of coming will be personal and unique to you and your journey.