What to expect
The 1st Step
Search, Contact & Enquire
I may be one of several counsellors that you contact initially, and I think this is a
good approach, because it's important that you find a therapist that you can see yourself working with.
If after our telephone conversation (or email contact, if that's easier for you) you decide that you'd like to continue, then we would arrange to meet for an assessment session.
Fact-finding, questions & that 'click'
This is often more of a fact-finding conversation and is also an opportunity for
you to gauge whether you would feel comfortable with me as your counsellor.
I am more than happy to talk about any worries or concerns you have about the
counselling process, and to answer any questions that you may have. If this is
your first time, than I appreciate that it can be daunting and that you may have
questions about what will actually happen in our sessions and how it all works.
Decide, commit & book
If at the end of the assessment session you decide that counselling is for you, then we would continue to meet for 50 minute sessions at a mutually convenient time.
Therapy can be short or long-term and both can be beneficial - we would review at regular intervals to check that you are happy with what's happening.
Prepare, talk, move forward
For you to gain as much as possible from our time together, you need to be willing to talk and to commit to building a relationship with me.
I know that both of these things may take some time, and usually do,
but they can have a big impact on what you might achieve from coming to talk to me.