What happens in our first session?
The first session, like all other sessions will be for 50 minutes, and will include our 'counselling agreement'. The first session is also to talk about what is going on for you, so that I can understand the issues you wish to explore and what you hope to gain from counselling. In this time you can consider whether you feel comfortable with me as your counsellor, because finding the right counsellor is important to the therapeutic relationship, and also to consider if the counselling approach I offer feels right for you as well.
What if I cannot make it to a session?
I do require 24 hours notice if you cannot make it to your session, otherwise you will be charged for the full session. If I have to cancel, I will ensure another session is booked on a day and time agreed by us both, at no extra charge to you.
Is counselling confidential?
Yes it is. What you talk about will remain between the two of us. There are exceptions to this, which will be discussed with you in the first session. But in most circumstances, what you talk about will remain within the refines and professional boundaries of our therapeutic relationship.
How many sessions will I need?
People grow, heal and change at different paces. Therapy can last anywhere from one session, to several months or even years. It depends on what you want and need. The process proceeds largely at your pace, but therapy works best when you are ready and committed to making yourself and your needs a priority.
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