Many people are recommended counselling but are unsure what to expect when they attend their initial appointment. My aim is to create a warm and relaxed environment to enable clients to explore their thoughts and feelings in a secure and comfortable setting. My room is a peaceful environment with armchairs and soft lighting.
Your first appointment is an assessment session. During this time, we will get to know each other, I will answer any questions you have about my counselling service and I shall answer them honestly and as clearly as I can. There is no obligation for you to commit to further sessions with me, if you have reservations it may be that I can offer some advice of another service which may be more suited to what you feel you need.
Should you want to work with me, I usually recommend working for up to six sessions after which we will have a very informal review about how the relationship is working for each of us and we will progress from there. I have experience in both long term and short term counselling environments. The question of how long we will work together for will usually become clear to the pair of us at some point during our working relationship. We will contract an ending that you feel comfortable with and we will work towards this time together so you feel supported on your continuing route to self-fulfilment.
I can see clients during the daytime or evening. In certain circumstances I have weekend availaibility. A session with me will last for 50 minutes and we would usually meet on a weekly basis. This is discussed during the initial session. When working with me, should you need additional support during the week I will always try to accommodate your requests.