Making the decision to start counselling can be a very difficult one for many. As a counsellor I am always humbled by the bravery that my clients exhibit in that first session, telling me their difficulties. As a counsellor I am always mindful of the courage it takes to share with someone your thoughts and emotions. If you are thinking about starting counselling I hope this blog will help you to make that decision.
The Initial Meeting.
I always offer an initial session without any obligation. This is a chance for us to get to know each other and to make sure that we can work together. I try to make my counselling room as comfortable and welcoming as possible. During this time we would talk about what it is you are looking for from counselling and discuss some of the difficulties you are experiencing. I always feel it is important to make it clear what you can expect from me and what I would expect from you, so that you can make an informed decision about whether what I offer is for you. Although this initial session is more about getting to know each other than counselling it is a good way to start the relationship.
I offer weekly sessions and try to see people at the same time each week where possible although this is not set in stone. All my sessions are for a therapeutic hour which is between 50 and 60 minutes.
What will we talk about?
Counselling is about you. We will talk about what is going on for you in your life. I aim to be supportive and non-judgemental and allow you to go at a pace that is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to have counselling and it is up to you what you choose to bring to the sessions. Some clients find it useful to work on what is on there mind when they walk through the door, this can alleviate any worries about what you will talk about. Opening in this way can lead to worker on deeper issues.
If you want to have counselling.
If you are considering having counselling please feel free to contact me. My details can be found on the contact page of this website. I look forward to meeting you.