The purpose of the assessment is to provide the counsellor with helpful background information to facilitate the start of the counselling process. The intake counsellor will ask you about why you have come for counselling, and what your expectations are. He or she will take some details of family history and any significant past events, positive or negative, that may have a bearing on how you look at life and how you are feeling now. You will also be asked about past or current experiences you may have had of mental health services or previous counselling.