What to Expect

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First Appointment

Someone who has never been to a counselling session may think of it as difficult or scary, but making that first appointment itself is one of the hardest steps you'll take. Not knowing what will happen can make you apprehensive, so I'll walk you through your first appointment to give you some idea of what to expect.

At your first appointment, it will be an assessment and may well take longer than a normal counselling appointment. This involves questions about you and your life and what you want from therapy. Before you arrive it may help you to have a think about your expectations and worries so you are more comfortable during this initial consultation. It is during this session that you will get a feel for my personality and that first impression may well help you decide if we can work together.

No counsellor is suitable to everyone just the same as you are unlikely to like every person you meet. It is essential to feel reasonably comfortable with your counsellor or the relationship will not work and you will not get what you need from the therapy. Obviously it takes time to build up a relationship and I do not expect you to disclose everything the first time we meet, but trust your “gut feel” during that initial session.

If the idea of this initial assessment is scary for you, do not worry, you do not have to answer any questions you are not comfortable with, these sessions are your sessions and I am there for YOU, not myself. If you are anxious about the contents of the assessment form I am more that happy to email it to you, so you can see beforehand the type of questions I will ask you.

During our second session I will talk you through how I work and confidentiality and its limits etc. I will encourage you to tell me more about yourself and how you feel, as you tell your story I may interrupt you from time to time to get a better understanding of how events have happened, how you feel/felt about them. I do this so that I can truly try to understand you, I do not want to assume I have you worked out.

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