If this is your first counselling session, or or your first time attending a session with me, you might want to know something about what happens before you come.

Before the session, I get some basic details from you, name, address, phone number and date of birth. I can then get records started, which saves time at the session.

Beginning Your First Counselling Session

When you attend, the first thing I need to do is to explain the limits of confidentiality, which means letting you know what is reportable, such as acts of ongoing child abuse or intended violence. This is a legal and ethical requirement that all counsellors and other therapists should go through with you at the start of sessions.

If you are happy with this, the confidentiality agreement is then signed and we can proceed. In the case of phone or Skype counselling, this will have been emailed to you and dealt with prior to the session.

If payment has not been made prior to the session through the on-line booking calendar, I deal with this while you read through and sign the confidentiality agreement. Payment at the session can be made by cash, MasterCard or Visa. With the ‘housekeeping’ out of the way, we can then proceed with the session.

Talking at Your First Counselling Session

The first step is for you to tell my why you have come. This usually means explaining a problem you are having, and why it has brought you to counselling at this particular time. You can do this in your own way, in your own time.

Sometimes this will take up the whole session. In this case, further work will begin at the next session. If it does not, and you leave sufficient time, we can then discuss what you would like to achieve at your session(s).

This may be to unload and share your feelings. Or it may be to work through your difficulties in a practical way. Or it may be to manage your feelings, such as anxiety or depression. For most clients, it is a combination of all three.

After Your First Counselling Session

Future sessions will entail further exploration of your issues, and if not done at the first session, some exploratory questions about your background and the background to your problem. We also look at your strengths and supports, and find out what approach will most help you to achieve what you want. Depending on circumstances, specific goals might be set, and methods discussed to work towards and achieve them.

I use a range of therapies and approaches, according to your needs. My main approach is a holistic one, drawing on a range of therapeutic tools and strategies to give you the best outcome. Often, ‘homework’ will be set, so that you can take something practical and positive away from the session into the rest of your day and life.

If you would like to know how to book a counselling session, check out Booking Information and Booking Calendar. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

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