The following questions may assist you in your decision to attend counselling and get the most out of talk-therapy:
What is going on that has you concerned and thinking that counseling may help?
What is your understanding about what and who has contributed to this problem situation developing?
How much have you been convinced that the problem is internal, or that you are flawed in some way? How did this idea develop? How helpful has been this idea in your being able to live a life you prefer? In what ways has this notion about your situation kept you stuck or constrained? How and when does this happen?
What and who challenges your attempts to change your direction towards what you want?
What have you tried to do towards solving the problem, or coping with the problem?
What worked, even a little? What did not work?
How have you been able to resist the negative effects of this problem situation? What do you know about yourself that does not fit with the problem?
Who has been a support and encouraged you that you are not the problem, but the problem is the problem? How much do you agree with them?
Who else would be helpful in addressing this change or changes, and would be willing to attend sessions? What other ways could you keep your supports up to date, include them in your changes?
How hopeful are you that change regarding this problem situation is possible? What helps, even a little with that belief?
When your work in solving this problem is well on its way, what will be happening instead? Who else will notice this change and what will they say about it?
What role do you want me to take in this process? What do you want me to avoid in our work together?
What will be different when you know that our work together has significantly addressed the problem situation or lead you to the solutions that counter the problem?