During the initial counselling session, your counsellor will spend time getting to know you. They will ask why you decided to seek counselling and what you would like to accomplish through the counselling. These discussions will help you set realistic goals so that you can start working towards your desired outcome. These goals will depend on your specific situation and will vary from person to person.
Subsequent sessions will focus on working towards achieving your goals, improving communication, and strengthening your conflict-resolution skills. Sessions may be just you, may include the whole family, or a mix of both. Your counsellor will work with to you to determine what the best strategy is for your situation.
There is a variety of techniques your counsellor might use during your sessions, depending on your situation. For example, if your situation involves anxiety and/or depression, your counsellor may use “talk therapy”, reframing, role play, and/or communication exercises to help you better manage these conditions. Ultimately, though, the type of counselling techniques used will depend heavily on what is best for you and your family specifically. Parenting counsellors have a wide range of tools they can use, ensuring you will get the tools you need to be a successful parent.