what to expect
Choosing to commence or resume therapy is a significant decision that can be daunting. You’re faced with a variety of practitioners and different styles and approaches. You might feel apprehensive and anxious, wondering if you would be put in an awkward or embarrassing situation, uncertain of what to expect.
In reality, the therapeutic relationship is premised on confidentiality, trust and respect. You always have control over what you wish to tell me, and what you choose to do.
The process is simple and begins when you get in touch, either using the contact form on my website, via email or giving me a call. We will agree a time and venue to meet.
At our initial session, we will discuss why you are seeking help at this time, and what you are hoping to achieve through therapy. Contrary to popular dramatizations in film and television, you will not be lying down on a couch (unless you wish to) nor will I be sitting behind you taking notes, during our sessions. I might make some notes on your basic information and background during our first meeting, but this will not occur in subsequent sessions. Everything we discuss in all our sessions is confidential, and your privacy is maintained in accordance to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
This initial session – like all therapy sessions – lasts for 50 minutes. Thereafter, if we decide that we will work together, we will then arrange a regular appointment at the same time on the same day each week for our subsequent meetings. Depending on your reasons for seeking therapy, we might agree on an initial series of sessions with an option to extend them as necessary, or you might choose to work on a longer or open-ended basis. The aim of counselling and therapy is to provide you with a safe, confidential space to explore relevant issues of concern to you in a way that you are comfortable with, and that you find personally helpful.