Counseling intake forms let a counselor understand what's ailing a client during their initial meeting. In addition, these forms allow clients to consider their problems and group them into common areas, according to Study.com.
Counseling intake forms typically ask questions regarding the client's sleep behavior, how often the client feels sad, the reasons the client is seeking counseling and any stresses the client is facing, as Study.com explains. Counselors can refer to the counseling intake form during the initial appointment with the client to direct the session toward the client's needs, rather than asking a general question about why the client has come for counseling. The counselor can then ask questions to gain clarification on the client's needs.