What to Expect from Your First Session
ARRANGING A SESSION
I will respond to you within 24 hours via e-mail to organise a day and time for our first session.
(If you have contacted me from a Hotmail address and you have not heard from me within 24 hours, please check your junk folder).
PRIOR TO YOUR SESSION
Once we have arranged your session, I will send you your Client Handbook, Your Short Guide to Telephone and Online Counselling, a Contact Form and a Therapy Agreement for you to look at and complete before our session.
The Therapy Agreement is a contract that covers the practical aspects of counselling such as confidentiality, the cancellation policy and GDPR.
All information you provide will be treated confidentially and stored securely.
AT YOUR SESSION
If you are new to counselling or even if you aren't, it is perfectly normal to experience mixed feelings and to be uncertain of what to expect. I will endeavour to put you at ease and we will explore what brings you to counselling, your goals and what you hope to achieve.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COUNSELLOR
After taking the first step in deciding to have counselling, finding the right counsellor for you and your needs is an important part of the process. The way a counsellor works with a client differs from the medical field in that I am not here to diagnose, advise or 'treat' you. All work is collaborative and we will work together to achieve your goal, so it is important that you choose a counsellor whom you trust and can build a good rapport with, as well as someone who works with an approach to your difficulties that resonates with you.
It is also important that the counsellor feels that they are the suitable practitioner for you. If I feel that you may benefit from seeing another practitioner, I will advise you on this.