If you're going for counseling, you can expect to spend some time talking about what brought you to therapy, what issues are troubling you, what you are hoping for by coming to therapy. This will give the therapist a chance to hear from you, understand something about your needs & concerns, and get a very general sense of your goals--all of which is important for the therapist to understand (at least on some level; this isn't something you have to have clearly in mind, but something that becomes apparent as you talk about what's not satisfactory to you, and what matters.) The earliest contacts are about developing a rapport, so you can expect that the therapist will listen closely and also find ways to respond to your communications that convey a good sense of your concerns and of who you are.
So my thought is that you should expect to be heard...expect to talk a bit & get a sense that you are being heard & understood well.
at 3:11 PM on Apr. 17, 2013