What is therapy / counselling like
We will usually have a number of planned, regular sessions lasting for around 50 minutes. How often you we see each other, and how many sessions you have, will depend on your individual circumstances.
I will usually offer a number of planned regular session lasting around 50 minutes. How often will depend on your circumstances. This is something that we will talk about on our first session.
I can also offer telephone or online support after we have had an initial face to face session.
What we will talk about will vary depending on the a specific problem you are experiencing. Or we might have more generalised discussions around how you are feeling.
What we talk about will vary depending on what you need help with.
These could include
- Your relationships
- Your childhood
- Your emotions
- Your thoughts
- Your behaviours
- Situations you may have difficulties with
Your first session
The first session will start with brief introduction. I will explain how I work. How I will protect your confidentiality and privacy. Or when I might be required to disclose confidentiality.
We will discuss frequency of sessions, how fees will be paid and also what will happen if you miss a session or if I am away on holiday. I will take details such as personal contacts and GP.
I will usually take notes or record the sessions in some way for my own professional use. notes are kept brief and for my own use and kept under lock and key.
I may begin straightaway by asking you what is troubling you.
I might ask you to complete some forms, or go through information
I have received about you, such as a letter from your GP.
I may just ask you to ‘tell your story’. Whatever format the assessment takes, you should feel you have the opportunity to tell me about the issues that are troubling you.
During the first session, or at any time during your therapy, you can ask me anything you want to know about my qualifications and experience. You can also ask me anything about your therapy and question anything you don't understand. I will encourage you to do this with regular reviews.