After initial contact by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) we will fix an appointment as soon as we can.
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other. It will be a space for you to ask any questions you may have about me or the counselling process and to talk about what brings you to counselling. I will ask you some questions about yourself and your history, what has brought you to therapy and what you would like to get out of it. At the end of this session we should have a good idea as to whether we want to work together and continue with further sessions, although you may want to think it over for a few days. It’s very important you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose. Indeed, research into the factors most likely to lead to a successful outcome in therapy consistently finds that it is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client that will be the single greatest determinant of success.
Once the decision is made to continue, we will establish a ‘contract’ that we both feel comfortable with. This will make clear the confidential nature of the sessions, the cancellation policy and establish our commitment to working together in regular weekly sessions. For example, we may initially contract to meet for 6 weeks, to see how that works out. This may be a sufficient number of sessions or you may then decide to continue open-endedly. It will also give us a chance to think about additional or alternative ways to help you.
Together we will explore new ways of seeing yourself and your present reality which will open up wider options and choices, give yourself a more solid sense of self as well as a revitalised experience of decision-making and acting in the world.
“Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson, not a life sentence”Anonymous