Your Initial Consultation

[…] the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.

 

Bessel A. van der Kolk

What To Expect

When we first meet I will explain about confidentiality and together we’ll explore why you’re looking for therapy, now, and what you’re hoping for. I’ll ask some questions about your situation – about your relationships, your support network, your strengths as well as what you may be struggling with.

I’ll also ask you a little bit about your history such as where you come from, the family you were brought up with and how various changes such as school, work and relationships, may have impacted you.  You don’t have to discuss, or share with me anything you don’t want to. I will actively seek your consent for anything we discuss, or plan to work on, together.  

We won’t be able to discuss everything that you have experienced within our first meeting. This is quite normal and it maybe that as we get to know one another, over time, you may choose to gradually share with me more about yourself.

 

If we both feel we can work together, we will plan and discuss how and when we might do this.

Sometimes an additional consultation can be helpful before we decide to work together. In this instance, I will schedule another session with you, towards the end of the first session.

Frequency of sessions

We will agree together how frequently you would like to have sessions. Initially, this is usually on a weekly basis on the same day and time each week.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Dr. Maya Angelou