First meeting…

When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for… In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.   – Carl Rogers

The importance of finding a therapist with whom you feel relaxed and comfortable means sometimes you have to shop around a bit first.  The quality of the therapeutic relationship is central to successful therapy so it’s important to find a counsellor you’re at ease with.

Prior to starting work, I welcome an initial meeting.  It’s important we both feel that a good working relationship can be established.  Sometimes clients need a few sessions to test the waters and build up a sense of compatibility.

If, after the initial sessions, you would like to proceed, then we formally agree, by way of a written contract that sets out our sessions’ specifications.  (Time, length of sessions, regularity of sessions, cost and information about confidentiality and ethical codes of practice.)

From that point onwards, notice can be given at any time.  All being well, we would meet for weekly sessions, at the same time and in the same place over a designated period or we would aim to work in an open-ended capacity.