If you find it intimidating, remember that there is always the option of anonymous confession. It is something I have just discovered (in that I only started use, I knew it was available) and I find it much easier and I am less likely to put it off. For the time being, I will only confess anonymously.
Anonymous confession may or may not be offered. I know that parishes are supposed to present the option and we are told that they do, but it is not always the case. When I was checking out parishes during my conversion process, I discovered that half that I visited had no real provision for anonymous confession -- about 4 of 8. Those had an open room with two chairs in the middle facing each other. Some of those also had a small wooden screen -- with or without accompanying chairs -- shoved up against the wall or in a corner of the room; clearly not often used. In these cases, the priest could not fail see the confessing person. So I chose a parish that had the traditional confession booths -- the closet where the priest is in his little nook and the confessing person is truly anonymous. I only make anonymous confessions. If you are concerned, I suggest you make the effort to determine the physical layout of the confessional and make sure that you will be offered an anonymous confession.
That being said, however, my first confession -- arranged by the priest who confirmed me -- was to priest in a Franciscan friary with us sitting in chairs facing each other. But he had talked to me for nearly a half hour before we retired to confess. He also gave me several jars of jam that he had made and told me stories about cheating in Latin class. But that was the exception that proves the rule. It was like confessing to Santa Claus.