Our initial appointment allows space for us to meet in person, to talk about what you want to get out of counselling and for us to consider whether or not there's a fit. This session provides the opportunity to ask questions and ensure a good match between what I offer and what you need.
In our initial meeting, my aim will be to gather sufficient understanding of your current situation to be able make suitable recommendations as to the kind of therapeutic interventions likely to be of most value to you. If we decide to continue, we will contract for a number of weekly sessions.
This first session is more about creating the foundation for working together and asking any questions that arise. While there might often be a temptation to describe everything that has contributed to you reaching this point, it is not my expectation that you will explain everything in detail.
A therapeutic relationship is most effective where there is good rapport between client and therapist. It is through the strength of this relationship that much of the work is done. It is therefore of paramount importance that we feel some affinity between us and explore whether it feels possible to meet in an atmosphere of empathy, acceptance and trust.
I work holistically to help you achieve personal clarity and beneficial change at a pace that feels comfortable to you. In the course of our work, I will invite you to focus on your immediate awareness and discover the impact of your perceptions on present difficulties. As well as exploring past experiences and future goals. we will also pay attention to what occurs in the relational space between us.