What to ExpectWhen we meet at our initial assessment session, we will discuss your presenting problem(s), your needs and goals. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling. The therapeutic relationship is an important part of the counselling process so during this time we will also have the opportunity to determine whether or not I am a suitable counsellor for you. If you decide to continue with the work, we can then book future sessions.
Throughout our process of talking together and my reflecting back to you what I hear, feel and see we will explore patterns of behaviour and challenge your old belief systems. Yes, at times, counselling will challenge you. You may have to sit with some uncomfortable feelings. However, I want you to know that this is normal. We tend to shy away from what causes us discomfort. This natural reaction to the emotional challenges you feel and the process of allowing yourself to listen to them will bring relief and the chance for you to experience yourself and the way you relate to others in a whole new way.
We will aim to:
- Work at a pace that is comfortable for you
- Develop and build upon your strengths and weaknesses
- Continuously review our therapeutic work to be sure that it is still meeting your needs
- Provide a confidential, supportive, non-judgemental and safe space for you to talk
- Commit to listening and understanding your issues from your perspective
- Respect and value the difference and diversity between us
- Be honest and open with you
- Signpost you to other resources if need be