What to expect on your first session?
On the first session, we can explore what you feel you need help with.
You are free to disclose as much as you feel comfortable however the more we come to understand your needs the better I will be able to judge if I have the right qualifications and experience for you.
You will of course be very welcome to ask questions to help you determine if I am the right counsellor for you.
At the end of the first session you might be able to decide that you want to have counselling with me (or not) and we can then arrange regular sessions and discuss my terms and conditions (payment, cancellation..).
If you need more time, that is perfectly fine, contact me whenever you have made your decision and we will take it from there.
What happens next?
This is your time and your space and you can use your sessions in the way that is helpful to you.
I use the Person-Centred approach as a way of being with clients; I believe that, given the space and the right amount of support, we all have the capacity to determine the direction that we wish to take in therapy as well as in life.
Mostly sessions will be spent discussing whatever you want to explore however I find that at times using art and creativity can be helpful.
Paper and pens will be available if you want to draw, scribble or write something spontaneously , or I could take you through a short guided meditation then you can write, draw, rip the paper...whatever would best express what you are experiencing. For more information on this way of working see Person-Centred art therapy.
I also, if appropriate, encourage clients to develop a curious attitude toward their physical experience as I think our body, if we pay attention, has a lot to teach us. For more information see Focusing
If you would like to know more and maybe give this a try, arrange an initial session, it might be easier to judge by meeting me.
The first session is at a reduced rate and you are under no obligation to book additional sessions.
Number of sessions:
If you decide that you wish to have counselling with me, we can arrange a number of sessions or leave it open ended.
Either way, we can have a review after a few sessions. This will give you some time to determine whether the way I work is helpful for you, and if it is then we could agree to focus on particular area(s).
You would be the one deciding the number of sessions you feel you need, the focus for therapy and you can discontinue at anytime.