Whether you have attended psychological therapy before or it is your first time, it can potentially feel slightly overwhelming to come and talk to a stranger about personal issues. So this section aims to provide you with information about what to expect when we first meet and thereafter.
Our first session will be an initial consultation where we will explore your current issues (the ones you would like help with), and how they have affected you. In addition, I will ask you about background information and other areas of your life.
The purpose of this session is to assess your unique needs and to get a more clear idea about the focus of therapy. Depending on your unique needs, we can start establishing which type of therapy would be more suitable for you, and whether short-term or long-term therapy would suit you the most.
I will also provide you information about some more practical aspects of therapy, including confidentiality, session length, cancellations, and fees. Another aim of this initial consultation is to give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you would like to engage in therapy with me.
I usually see my clients once a week, and each session lasts 50 minutes. It is helpful to agree on the day and time of sessions, and then meet on a weekly basis at the same day and the same time. This provides consistency in the work we will carry on. Having said, I understand that occasionally work or other issues might make it difficult for you to attend therapy and I will try to be flexible and to accommodate your needs.
It is important to attend therapy regularly. It might be helpful to protect time in your diary for your therapy, and to plan ahead to ensure you arrive to sessions on time.
In our initial sessions, we will discuss what you would like the focus of therapy to be, and what would be your therapy goals. Then we will work collaboratively to enable you to move closer to your goals. For example, you might want to focus more in the here-and-now, or you might want to address past experiences that have negatively affected your life, or both. In either case, your treatment will be tailor-made to you and to your specific needs.
Per default, I offer sessions face-to-face. However, I am also able to offer sessions via telephone or Skype.
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