Arranging an initial 50-minute counselling appointment is easy and does not mean you have signed up to commit to counselling beyond this meeting. Meeting will enable us to get to know each other and help you decide if you would like to work with me. If the answer is yes, we would then agree a number of sessions and an initial focus for your therapy, then review how therapy is impacting on you.
During our first appointment I will need to ask you some questions. These are really focussed on helping me to understand what has motivated you to come, why now and what you are hoping to get out of our work together. I will also need to collect some fairly standard information around next of kin and GP details. Alongside this I’ll talk you through how confidentiality works. Explain what you can expect from me as your counsellor and hand you a client information sheet which forms the basis of a contract between us.
Experience has taught me that finding someone you feel comfortable with and whose therapeutic style of working gives you confidence, goes a long way to making counselling an effective, satisfying experience. This might take several appointments before you are sure. For this reason, I usually suggest a check in after four sessions where we both review how the work is going.
If you would like some guidance about what professional standards you should expect from me as a counsellor, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP – of which I am a registered member) website provides information for the general public.
In order to arrange a counselling appointment, visit the ‘making contact‘ page on this site.