All in first session

Is this all what we do here?

One of the main difficulties that I encounter in my work with foreign clients is the question that often arises: what am I going to do in therapy, just talk? Whereas that question has singular implications for each person that asks it, I find that often there is a cultural issue behind it. For many cultures, it is not well-looked upon to talk about yourself. In fact, there exists the preconception that to talk at length about oneself is selfish or it can even be construed as complaining.